Now on bail, from left, businessmen Mark Pillay, Moham Bhugwandeen, his son, Hemal, police officers Lethuxolo Zulu, Bongani Nzama, Nelisiwe Khuzwayo and Emmanuel Dlamini, and security guard Mhlonipheni Mdlalose. Zanele Zulu African News Agency (ANA)
Durban - The four Inanda police officers arrested for kidnapping, assault and extortion at a truck yard in Springfield Park earlier this year have been suspended from the service, their lawyers said this week.

They were still on active duty when they were released on bail at the beginning of August and one of them was ordered to periodically report to Inanda police station, where he worked. The others were issued stations closer to their homes.

With them in the dock were three businessmen, father and son Moham Bhugwandeen, 71, and Hemal Bhugwandeen, 33; and Mark Pillay, 27, whose bail conditions magistrate Vanitha Armu cancelled.

She also ordered the investigating officer to return the Bhugwandeens’ passports so that they could travel over the festive season and on business.

The case was postponed to January 22.

The four police members are Lethuxolo Zulu, 38; Bongani Nzama, 29; Emmanuel Dlamini, 26; and policewoman Nelisiwe Khuzwayo, 29. Security guard Mhlonipheni Mdlalose, 19, was also in the dock.

They also face charges of corruption, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and attempted murder.

All eight are out on bail of R2000 each.

Independent On Saturday