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Cop fined for extortion

Crime & Courts

Western Cape - A former police commander of the Visible Policing Unit in Tulbagh, in the Western Cape, was fined R30 000 or three years imprisonment on Wednesday for extortion.

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The Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court gave a tearful Captain Riaan Jordaan, 40, 24-hours to either pay the fine or face a prison term.

He tried to extort money from police reservist Zolani Jam-jam.

Jordaan issued a letter of recommendation for the permanent employment of Jam-jam in 2009, and later demanded that Jam-jam pay him R40,000, in instalments, as payment for “the favour”.

The reservist complained to his seniors and a trap was set for Jordaan.

Magistrate S Sonneberg said Jordaan, as a senior, had put too much pressure on Jam-jam to pay money that he did not owe. This resulted in Jam-jam being unable to perform at his best.

“What makes this offence that much worse is that as a captain you had to be an example to your subordinates, but you were not.”

Jordaan had failed the community of Tulbagh, said Sonneberg. - Sapa

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