Ar­rests after po­lice ex­tort $360 from ‘hooker’s client’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tanaka Mrewa

TWO Bu­l­awayo po­lice of­fi­cers have been ar­rested after they al­legedly ex­torted $360 from a Na­tional Rail­ways of Zim­babwe (NRZ) em­ployee.

The cops al­leged Mr Bu­sani Ncube (47), a driver at NRZ, had at­tempted to hire a pros­ti­tute.

Lungile Mpofu (28) of Mag­wegwe North and Ngqabutho Nko­mazana (29) of Emakhan­deni were not asked to plead when they ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya yes­ter­day.

Their lawyer, Mr Tanaka Mu­ganyi of Dube-Banda Nzarayapenga and Part­ners, won them free bail to next Mon­day.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Miss Leean Nkomo told the court that on Septem­ber 24 at around 11PM, Mr Ncube was on duty, driv­ing NRZ work­ers home after evening duty.

“Com­plainant was at 1st Ave when his phone rang and he pulled over to an­swer. All of a sud­den a pros­ti­tute jumped into his ve­hi­cle un­in­vited and of­fered to ren­der sex­ual ser­vices. Com­plainant re­moved the lady out of his car and drove to the NRZ Diesel Shed close to Mpilo Hos­pi­tal where he was to pick one, Obert Mlalazi,” said Miss Nkomo.

She added: “When he was about to drive off, the two ac­cused per­sons pulled up and parked be­hind him. They iden­ti­fied them­selves as cops and told him that he was un­der ar­rest for at­tempt­ing to hire a pros­ti­tute. They threat­ened to im­pound his ve­hi­cle if he didn’t pay a fine.”

Miss Nkomo said Mpofu got into Mr Ncube’s car and or­dered him to drive into the city cen­tre but he per­suaded them to al­low him to drive Mr Mlalazi home first and they agreed.

“Com­plainant tried to ex­plain to ac­cused why he had pulled over but he wouldn’t un­der­stand. Ac­cused told com­plainant he was lucky he spoke Nde­bele be­cause if he had spo­ken Shona it would have been a big­ger of­fence.”

Miss Nkomo said Mr Ncube bor­rowed $50 from Mr Mlalazi so that he could pay off the cops but the po­lice of­fi­cers de­manded $350.

Mr Ncube, Mr Mlalazi and the cops drove back into the city cen­tre so that Mr Ncube could with­draw the money from an ATM.

Miss Nkomo said Nko­mazana told Mr Ncube that the fuel that he had been al­lo­cated was used up and Ncube gave them $10.

She said after part­ing with the cops, Mr Ncube went to the Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion and re­ported them for ex­tor­tion.

Miss Nkomo said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were made and of­fi­cers were put on pa­rade where Mr Ncube iden­ti­fied the two of­fi­cers, lead­ing to their ar­rest.— @tan­nytkay

The ac­cused po­lice of­fi­cers with an unidentified man after their court ap­pear­ance in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day

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