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Cape Town – A police clerk attached to the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) has appeared in a Cape Town court, charged with selling information obtained from CIU computers.

Zukusani Mtakati, 30, of Langa, was not asked to plead when he appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Bellville on Monday before Magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg.

Cime intelligence is crucial in the fight against crime and is a vital tool in police investigations.

The CIU unit had information that one of its members was selling information obtained from the unit’s computers, and Mtakati was identified as the alleged culprit.

A police under-cover operation was authorised in June last year.

Mtakati was given an agent’s cellphone number, on the pretence that the agent wanted a person’s profile.

According to the charge sheet, Mtakati called the agent in July, to satisfy himself that he was talking to the correct person.

Mtakati than arranged to meet the agent at the Cape Gate shopping mall in Brackenfell, in Cape Town’s northern suburbs, .

The agent informed the investigating officer of the intended meeting and the trap was set in motion.

Prior to the meeting, the investigating officer handed the agent R10 000, with which to pay Mtakati for the information.

Prosecutor Xolile Jonas alleges that Mtakati produced the wanted information for the agent, and wanted R7,500 for it.

They haggled over the price, and Mtakati eventually accepted R3 000.

The State alleges that Mtakati went to his car to fetch the hard copy of the information on disc, and was arrested.

Mtakati is charged with corruption.

The prosecutor told the court that the trial would take the form of plea bargain proceedings, and that negotiations with the defence were still in progress.

The case was postponed to March 18, and Mtakati’s R5 000 bail was extended.