Two Durban police officers sentenced to four years imprisonment for corruption
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DURBAN - Two Durban police officers were sentenced to four years imprisonment each for robbing a man of R5000.
Constable Siyabonga Dlamini and Sergeant Masawenkosi Mzizi, were sentenced by the Durban Regional Court for a corruption case dating back to 2016.
The two had accused the man of robbing an ATM and offered not to register the case if the man paid them a R5000 bribe.
In a statement on Thursday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) welcomed the successful prosecution.
Provincial NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara said in May 2016, the officers dressed in plain clothing, approached the victim, Trevor Ntsentsela, moments after he withdrew R10 000 from an ATM in the Durban CBD.
Fearing that the off duty policemen were robbers, Ntsentsela quickly jumped into his vehicle and drove to the Durban Central Police station.
Kara said that Mzizi, using his private vehicle, followed Ntsentsela to the police station.
Before Ntsentsela could enter the police station, Kara said, the off duty officers stopped him and identified themselves as policemen.
“They lied to him that they had received a complaint that a vehicle similar to his was involved in a robbery at the same ATM earlier that day,” Kara said.
The officers asked Ntsentsela to pay them R5000 before the complainant in the robbery case arrived, and threatened to arrest him if he didn’t pay up.
“To avoid arrest, Ntsentsela paid them R5000 and was allowed to leave. He reported the matter at another police station the following day,” she said.
Both Dlamini and Mzizi were positively identified by Ntsentsela in a photo album shown to him by the investigating officer, and they were arrested.
The court heard evidence, led by Regional Court Prosecutor Herman Mouton, from Ntsentsela and his wife who was also in the car when the incident occurred.
The Metro police officer who had assisted Ntsentsela at the Durban central police station also testified.
“Dlamini and Mzizi told the court that Ntsentsela had admitted to the robbery, and had agreed to return R5000 as well as the bank card. The court rejected their version and they were sentenced accordingly,” said Kara.