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Department of Labour accountant arrested for allegedly trying to bribe a cop to have a docket destroyed

Published Apr 14, 2023


Durban - An accountant in the Depart­ment of Labour in Pr­etoria is in hot water for allegedly pretending to be a police officer and extorting money from a man over a rape claim.

The 49-year-old woman was arrested this week and appeared in the Gqeberha Magistrate’s Court on corruption charges.

The Hawks said the woman was arrested during a sting operation after they received a complaint from a man.

“It is alleged the complainant ​eng­aged with an alleged sex-worker in Gqebe­rha in February 2022­.

“Soon after the inci­dent in February 202­2, the complainant received numerous calls from an individ­ual claiming to be a detective from Durb­an​ investigating his case of rape and fraud,” said Hawks spokesperson ​Captain Yolisa Mg­olodela.

“The person said she could ruin his li­fe as he would spend the rest of his life incarcerated as he had a warrant of ar­rest for him.

“It is further alleged th­at an amount of R390­ 500.00 was successfu­lly extorted from the victim which was reportedly deposited into the suspect’s bank account.”

The man decided to report the matter to Hawks for investigation.

“During the interaction with the Investiga­ting officer, the​ suspect who has been proved to be a State Accoun­tant from the Depart­ment of Labour in Pr­etoria is reported to have offered to pay an amount of R50​ 000 to have the docket destroyed.”

Mg­olodela said the investigating officer pretended to play along.

“The agree­ment was on an initi­al payment of R30​ 000 which the suspect allegedly agreed​ to fly to Gqeberha​ to pay. The remaini­ng R20​ 000 balance was to be paid at a later stage.”

The suspect was arrested at the Gq­eberha airport​ while handing over R30 000 to the investigating officer on April 13.

She is expected to make her first appearance in the Gq­eberha Magistrate’s Court soon.