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A PIETERMARITZBURG man was arrested when he tried to bribe a police officer to release his brother who is an accused in an armed robbery case.
The man, who cannot be named until he appears in court today, had arranged a meeting with the investigating officer at a local restaurant when he was arrested yesterday.
The unsuspecting man did not know that detectives had suspected what was coming and arranged a trap. Police spokesperson Henry Budhram said on arrival at the restaurant, the suspect offered the investigating officer R200 to have his brother released.
"The detectives keeping observation arrested the man as he handed over the money to the investigating officer," said Budhram.
The 45-year-old suspect, allegedly a teacher in the area, was arrested and is expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg magistrate's court today on charges of bribery and corruption.
Meanwhile, a roadblock probably saved the lives of a Pietermaritzburg man and his son who were kidnapped in Balhambra Way, Northdale, and made to drive around.
Yugendra Naidu was visiting his family with his wife, three sons and two nephews.
They were about to climb into their vehicle, which was parked in the driveway, when they were confronted by three males.
One was armed with a firearm and the other with a knife.
Naidu, 45, was pinned to the ground at knife point. He and his 20-year-old son were subsequently ordered into the vehicle and ordered to drive around.
One of the suspects later took over the driving and proceeded towards Imbali outside Pietermaritzburg.
As they approached the Imbali turn-off, they came across a roadblock. Budhram said the suspects tried to drive through the roadblock. This led to a high-speed chase through Imbali.
The vehicle drove into a ditch and came to a standstill. All three suspects jumped out and fled in different directions. The suspects managed to get away. The victims, unhurt but clearly traumatised, were saved by police.
Police appeal to anyone with information to contact Detective Inspector Bheki Langa on 033-387-9614 or on his mobile on 082-529-2175.