- Four Inanda police officials were arrested for kidnapping, extortion and assault in Springfield Park
- The officials are still employed by the SAPS despite the charges against them
- They have to report to police stations every week as part of their bail conditions
IOL News reports that the four police officers who were arrested on charges of kidnapping, extortion and assault still work for the SAPS.
The police officers were arrested for getting up to no good in Springfield park, but the Durban Magistrate's Office heard on Friday, 2 August, that they have not been suspended.
One officer has to report in at the station where he works every week and the others have to sign bail registers at stations close to their homes - this is part of their bail conditions.
Briefly.co.za learnt that a detailed description of how the arrest took place was laid out in investigating officer Detective Captain Paulos Sithembiso Vezi’s affidavit.
A call was made by one of the accused cops - a meeting to receive secret money was arranged. Little did they know the person they were talking to was reporting the matter to Greenwood Park police officers.
While the arrangements were made, the phone was placed on loudspeaker. This 'victim' was then followed to the meeting place and the police managed to catch three men - they turned out to be cops.
The charged police officers, a security guard and three businessmen appeared in court on the 2nd of August, where they were each granted bail of R2 000.
The accused face charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, corruption and attempted murder on top of the extortion and kidnapping charges.
The events that took place sound like something from a bad cop movie:
An employee was ordered by his boss on 24 July to go to China Mall for a consignment of clothes. He was met by men who took him to a truck yard and was assaulted.
At one point, a gun was fired at close range and caused the victim's eardrums to burst. A woman joined in on the 'fun' and cuffed the employee to a steel bar.
The driver was released (he was bleeding from his head at this point) and told him to call the cuffed employee's boss for R500 000 - because 'they had stolen a container and trailer that cost millions'.
The boss was the man reporting the matter at Greenwood Park when the call came through.
The arrested officers are: Emmanuel Dlamini, policewoman Nelisiwe Khuzwayo, Lethuxolo Zulu, security guard Mhlonipheni Mdlalose and Bongani Nzama
The businessmen are: Mark Pillay, Hemal Bhugwandeen, and his father Moham Bhugwandeen.
Two of the complainants are Bruce Mwayo and Temesgen Yade.
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