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Carolina, Mpumalanga - A senior Mpumalanga police officer facing charges of robbery and corruption was denied bail by the Carolina Magistrate's Court on Friday, police said.
Lt-Col Johannes Loderwikins van der Walt, 42, was arrested on August 14 in connection with a robbery in Carolina, Col Leonard Hlathi said in a statement.
Six robbers attacked a family in their home in July. They locked the three children in the toilet and stole cellphones, laptops, and demanded R40 000 cash for the children's release.
Two police officers, constables David Mathew Morgan and Vhonani Mulaudzi from Lenasia, were arrested for the robbery in July. They appeared in court and were granted R4000 bail each.
Another four people, Ruksana Bhanu Mahommed, 44, Shujauddin Sayed, 44, Zaine Mohamed, 50, and Razia Ahmed Ismail, 43, also appeared in court.
Mahommed and Ismail were denied bail while Mohamed and Sayed were both released on R4000 bail each.
After further investigation it was found that Van der Walt allegedly knew that Morgan and Mulaudzi had been involved in the crime.
“He allegedly appeared to be the one who allowed them to go and commit the atrocious crime,” Hlathi said.
“In that regard, Van der Walt is alleged to have placed himself on the wrong side of the law and thus was arrested, hence his appearance today (Friday).”
All seven people were expected to appear in the Carolina
Magistrate's Court again on August 28.