Ten Western Cape police officials, based at the Parow police station in Cape Town, appeared in the Bellville District Court on Monday.The officials, who were arrested at the weekend, face eight charges of corruption each, with the amounts involved totalling in excess of R10,000.
State advocate Max Orban, of the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court, alleges that on various occasions last year, they falsely informed victims that drugs had been found on their business premises, and demanded the immediate payment of fines to avoid arrest.
Magistrate Cyril Croutz released Percy Claassen,46, Randall Phillips,28, Nocilaas Ryk,38, Muneer Daniels,29, Alvico Carolissen,28, Divan Webster, 30, Dudley Abrahams,37, Casbeth Tsiri,30, Thembalethu Mazimela,29, and Samkelo Mnyanda,27, on R5000 bail each.
He warned them to appear in court again on January 15 next year, and not to make contact, directly or indirectly, with named prosecution witnesses.
The magistrate also warned them that if they breached any of their bail conditions, their bail would be forfeited to the State. They would then be taken back into custody until the finalisation of their case, he warned.
In due course, they will go on trial before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg, in the Bellville commercial court in accordance with a directive issued by the Western Cape Directorate for Public Prosecutions for all corruption cases involving the police or other government officials.
The proceedings lasted about 30 minutes.
Immediately afterwards, a second, unrelated corruption case was called involving a Parow policewoman, Mabel Segoete, 36. Her case involves the theft of a police investigation docket. She was released on R1000 bail, and was also warned to return to court on January 15. She, too, will in due course go on trial in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court. SAPA