Senior anti-corruption cop caught accepting R5 000 Christmas bribe

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A senior policeman from the Anti-Corruption Unit based in KwaZulu-Natal was arrested by the Durban Serious Corruption Investigation unit for allegedly accepting a R5 000 Christmas bribe from a complainant in a theft case.

The complainant was involved in a case investigated by the accused, IOL reports.

“The complainant allegedly requested a progress report in the case and he was allegedly informed that something was wrong with the case,” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo, according to Times Live.

“The suspect allegedly promised to assist the complainant on condition that the complainant pays him a gratification of R 5 000 for Christmas.”

Mhlongo continued to say that the matter was reported to the Hawks. An undercover operation was then conducted on Tuesday.

“Members swooped in his office where he was caught red-handed after accepting cash from the complainant. He was subsequently placed under arrest and charged accordingly.”

The 56-year-old colonel will appear in the Commercialised Crime Court for corruption on Wednesday.