A 51-year-old Warrant Officer attached to Lusikisiki SAPS was arrested and charged for corruption on Thursday after he allegedly extorted a bribe from a complainant.
Provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Marinda Mills, said the member allegedly extorted money from a vehicle owner who was involved in a vehicle accident.
“The Warrant Officer demanded a sum of R1,500 as the case was reported a day later than it actually happened and vehicle owner had lost his driver’s licence. The vehicle owner reported the matter to the police,” she said.
Mills said various SAPS units were coordinated for an undercover operation.
“The member was arrested while on duty and upon searching him, the money was found in his possession,” she said.
He is expected to appear at Lusikisiki Magistrate’s Court soon.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga condemned the criminal act saying it was appalling and could not be ignored.
“We are serious about uprooting corruption and all forms of criminality within our ranks as we are equally determined to strengthen integrity in the service,” she said.