No place for bad apples in SAPS
Rustenburg – Two South African Police Services (SAPS) members who appeared before court on corruption charges could find themselves in more hot water…
Sergeant Ruth Nkotsoe (42) and Constable Mosimanekgosi Leburu (34) appeared before the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 11 May 2020 for corruption after they allegedly demanded R500 for the release of a Lesotho national who was in the country illegally.
Apparently, the 18-year-old Lesotho national was arrested on Tuesday 3 May 2022 in Marikana for contravention of Section 49(1)(a) of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002).
Police spokesperson brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said Nkotsoe and Leburu demanded R500 from the suspect’s mother for the release of her son. “The suspect was taken to court for appearance on Thursday 5 May 2022. However, the case was not placed on the roll and the suspect was released. The two police officers allegedly kept the 18-year-old man’s passport and ordered him to pay them R500,” Mokgwabone said.
“The matter was reported to the police and that resulted in the arrest of the two police officers on Tuesday 10 May 2022,” he added. The two police officers were each granted R5,000 bail and are due back in court on Tuesday 27 September 2022.
Mokgwabone said an internal police investigation on the conduct of the two officers would determine their future with SAPS.
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