Seven charged with cor­rup­tion


FIVE mem­bers of the Ko­mani fly­ing squad, along with a po­lice re­servist and a civil­ian, were ar­rested in the town on Tues­day.

The seven ap­peared in the Ko­mani Mag­is­trate’s Court on Wed­nes­day for al­legedly tak­ing bribes in re­la­tion to or in ex­change for drugs.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice spokes­woman colonel Si­bongile Soci said the ar­rests were part of ef­forts to rid the po­lice ser­vice of cor­rup­tion.

The op­er­a­tion had in­volved mem­bers of the de­tec­tive ser­vices, anti-cor­rup­tion unit, crime in­tel­li­gence, crim­i­nal records and crime scene man­age­ment, and the tac­ti­cal response team.

The sus­pects ap­peared in court on charges of cor­rup­tion. “The charges re­late to tak­ing bribes in re­la­tion to or in ex­change for drugs.”

Soci named the ac­cused as Mon­wabisi Dy­ongo, 49, Dalithemba Ma­he­shana, 46, Andiswa Jikum­lambo, 40, Siyanda Gunuza, 37, Sipho Nene, 34, Mz­imkhulu Ndevu, 39, and Mak­gotso Kesa, 45.

Ma­he­shana and Nene were both granted R500 bail, while the oth­ers were de­nied bail.

It could not be es­tab­lished which of the ar­rested were po­lice of­fi­cers.

Soci said the case was re­manded to next Tues­day.

Pro­vin­cial com­mis­sioner lieu­tenant-gen­eral Liziwe Nt­shinga said the ar­rests should send a strong mes­sage to mem­bers and em­ploy­ees of the Saps.

“As the cus­to­di­ans of law and or­der, we will not hes­i­tate to ar­rest our own mem­bers or em­ploy­ees when they in­volve them­selves in any form of crim­i­nal­ity.”

More ar­rests were im­mi­nent.

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