Cops in cash for rape scheme

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Johannesburg - Two police officers accused of corruption were granted R1000 bail each in the Giyani Magistrate's Court on Monday, the Hawks said.

The case against Constable Thambo Hector Nsimbhini, 39, and Constable Ronny Gezani Baloyi, 34, was postponed to March 12, Captain Paul Ramaloko said.

The officers responded to a rape complaint in December last year in Gandlanani village in Giyani.

When they arrived at the scene, a 32-year-old man told police he had been raped by his partner, a 28-year-old man.

“The police allegedly influenced the victim not to lay charges in return for a R9 000 upfront payment by the suspect,” Ramaloko said.

The man who was accused of the rape went to an ATM, accompanied by the police officers to withdraw the requested amount.

“The police allegedly handed R3 000 to the victim and shared R6 000 between them,” he said.

The rape victim later reported the matter to police because he felt cheated, Ramaloko said. He was expecting to receive the full amount of R9 000.

All three men appeared in the Giyani Magistrate's Court on Monday and were each granted R1000 bail.

The police officers face charges of corruption and the man faces a charge of rape.

Sapa


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