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By unknown | Apr 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

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It's back to the Johannesburg Central police station high risk facility for four police officers attached to the Krugersdorp organised crime unit, recently arrested on drug charges.

This came after their bail application was postponed for the third time in the Roodepoort magistrate's court yesterday.

The four officers - Senior Superintendent Dumisani Jwara, Captain Landro Mokgosani, Chaipus Shange and Victor Juili - will have to wait another two weeks to hear if they will be granted bail or not.

Yesterday they complained about the police station's condition, saying there was no privacy and that the food "was not appetising".

Prosecutor advocate Michelle Bayat said, "The accused must not expect five-star hotel treatment and three meals a day.

"They made a big fuss about being sent to Johannesburg prison. They said they feared for their lives because they were responsible for the arrest of many criminals detained there.

"They are facing serious charges so they must stay in prison where they will be treated like any other prisoner."

Jwara, Mokgosani, Shange and Juili are facing charges of dealing in drugs, defeating the ends of justice and fraud.

"The state's case is weak.

"If there was a case we would have been arrested long ago. I know only one informant who could possibly implicate me in the case. I last saw him in 2007 and do not know where he is," said Jwara in an affidavit read out in court by his attorney Nardus Grove.

"It is alleged that I made death threats to investigators of the case. I did receive information about the investigation but never said I would get them killed.

"I don't have friends but only enemies in the department of home affairs so that will make it difficult for me to obtain any document. I will not abscond and intend standing trial to prove my innocence and clear my name."

Jwara said his mother died two weeks ago. As her eldest son, he said he had to be released so he could arrange her funeral.

There was heavy police presence and the court's gallery was packed with colleagues, family and friends.

Magistrate Delise Smit postponed the case to April 29 when he will rule on their bail applications.


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