A police officer appears in court for corruption

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Schweizer-Reneke Magistrates’ Court on Thursday granted a 45-year-old Sergeant Thomas Moleme  bail for corruption. He is expected to reappear before the court on Wednesday, 27 September 2023.

Reports suggest that the member who was accompanied by a person whom he introduced as a Captain, arrested a suspect for assault in May this year. On their way to the police station, the pair demanded R1000.00 on behalf of the assault victim on condition that the latter withdraw the case. 

North West Police Spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the suspect consented to the demand and gave R1000.00 to the duo. “The Sergeant and his companion further demanded R1000.00 each from the suspect. As a result, they were given R2 470.00, and they released the suspect. However, Moleme apparently kept on harassing and demanding money from the suspect”.

Mokgwabone said subsequent to reporting the matter to the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit (ACIU), the police officer was arrested in Schweizer-Reneke on Tuesday afternoon, 29 August 2023, during an undercover operation by the ACIU and Anti-Gang Unit.  

Meanwhile, North West Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena welcomed the arrest snf said dishonesty cannot be tolerated. “Any South African Police Service (SAPS) employee who acts in an unethical manner, will be brought to book to face the full might of the law”. 

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