Two Strand cops in court for corruption

Cape Town - Two police officials, both sergeants based at the Strand Police Station, appeared in court on Friday, in two different cases.

Both officers face two charges of corruption each, following their arrests on Wednesday.

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The first to be arrested was Roger Thomas, 37, at about 3.30pm, at his home in the Strand.

In addition to the corruption charges, he also faces charges relating to his illegal possession of two firearms that were not registered in his name.

An hour later, police from the Anti-Corruption Unit pounced on Denvil Davids, 39, in his office at the Strand police station.

Both appeared, the one after the other, before magistrate Karen Scheepers, who released both on R5 000 bail, and warned them to appear in court again on October 20.

After his arrest in his office, police took Davids to his home, where they confiscated two plates that form part of police bullet-proof vests.

It is alleged that Davids was unable to explain his possession of the plates, and this will be formulated into a third charge against him.

The State, represented by John Ryneveld and Doreen van Zyl, did not oppose bail, and the amount of R5 000 was agreed between them and defence attorney Lawrence Moffitt, for Thomas, and defence advocate Dorian van Zyl, for Davids.