Three police officers from the Sydenham police station in Durban appeared in court after allegedly stealing alcohol from a woman and trying to bribe her.
Police officials, aged between 32 and 43, appeared briefly in Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after members of the anti-corruption unit arrested them on charges of corruption and theft.
According to Brig. Police spokesman Jay Naicker said the two sergeants and a constable were attached to the Sydenham police station.
The accused will appear again on August 26 after the court granted them R1,000 bail.
“The woman alleges that on May 23, police officers showed up at her Clare Road home and accused her of selling alcohol,” Naicker said.
“The police officers seized liquor to the value of R24 000. They also claimed R20 000 from the woman and received in return for not being prosecuted,” Naicker said.
The sale of alcohol was prohibited on Level 4 of the restriction, but the ban was lifted on June 1 at the beginning of Level 3. Registered traders and licensees are therefore allowed to sell liquor.
“When the woman later went to the Sydenham police station, she noticed that police officers had just handed in a few bottles of the liquor seized.
Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Anti-Corruption Unit acted immediately and arrested police officers, ”Naicker said.