Cape Town - Two policemen accused of trying to get money for cooldrinks by offering to release an arrested man appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court, Cape Town, on Thursday.

Elvis Mfundo Khontyo, 34, of Delft on the Cape Flats, and Thobile Victor Maphoi, 27, of Langa, appeared before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg.

The pair, both constables based at the Langa police station, were warned to appear in court again on March 7.

They are charged with asking for and getting a bribe. According to the charge sheet, they were on patrol together in April, 2012, in the late morning, when they stopped a car driven by their alleged victim, Rammutla Malatsi.

A search of his vehicle revealed that Malatsi was wearing the belt of a prison official's uniform. They allegedly arrested Malatsi because wearing the belt violated the Correctional Services Act.

The constables allegedly told him they would release him if he gave them money for cooldrinks. According to the charge sheet, Malatsi gave them R100 and reported the matter to the Table View police station.

Sapa