- A man has been arrested for being in possession of almost R1.5 million worth of drugs but he also caused more trouble for himself
- The 33-year-old foreign national allegedly offered a police officer R10 000 to not open the docket in the case
- The man and his 26-year-old counterpart will be appearing in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on 26 April
A 33-year-old man reportedly offered a police officer R10 000 as a bribe to persuade him out of opening a docket when he and a 26-year-old woman were arrested in Klerksdorp just before the weekend.
The Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team arrested the two suspects during an intelligence-driven operation on Friday, 23 April. Police searched the residence of the duo and found two blocks of suspected 'cat' and smaller bags with meth.
The estimated street value of the drugs was around R1.5 million. The man, a foreign national, reportedly asked to speak to one of the police officers involved in the arrests, where he produced and offered the R10 000.
According to a Facebook post by the South African Police Service, both suspects will be appearing in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on 26 April. The duo will be appearing on charges of dealing in drugs and possession of drugs and the man will be charged for corruption due to the attempted bribe.
Take a look at some of the responses from South Africans below:
Melanie MacFarlane said:
"Great work. If cops did not accept bribes there would be no drugs. It is through these bribes that drugs are so rife."
Adriaan Knoetze wrote:
"Excellent. The drug lords must suffer losses. Great work!"
Tebogo Phukubye shared:
"Bopha, I hope the evidence will stay intact until they are found guilty and convicted."
Kareemah Acharya posted:
"Let me guess, they will be getting bail and do a disappearing act."
Darlington Chris Rogers Chikungo added:
"Good work, officers."
In similar news, Briefly News recently reported on a learner driver who was arrested for allegedly trying to bribe an examination officer. According to various reports, the individual offered an examiner at Milnerton testing centre R1 500 in exchange for the examiner changing his test results.
The arrest was conducted at the same time as a Matzikama traffic officer was scheduled to appear in court to defend against allegations made against him of corrupt activities at a Vredendal vehicle testing station.
IOL reported on the statements made by City of Cape Town Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith as he stressed the notion that the City would not tolerate any attempt to oppose the law. Smith continued to plead with the community to avoid participating in any unlawful behaviour.
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