THE first thing West Rand organised crime unit head Senior Superintendent Dumisani Jwara will do when he leaves prison will be to visit his mother's grave.
Jwara, Inspector Victor Jwili and Captain Landro Makgosani were granted bail of between R10000 and R15000 in the Johannesburg high court yesterday. They are facing 13 drug-related charges, including fraud, theft and racketeering.
The three allegedly tried to claim drugs confiscated at OR Tambo International Airport but disappeared after hearing that other policemen were on their way to the scene.
The fourth officer arrested with them, Captain Caiphus Shange, died in custody in July.
" My mother passed away, so the first thing I will do will be to visit her grave when I get out," said Jwara, whose mother died in April.
Judge Nico Coetzee dismissed the state's submission that the accused would interfere or harm the remaining witnesses. He said the investigation team had done their work and it was unlikely that the accused would harm or interfere or persuade them to do things their way.
National police spokesperson Tummi Golding said they would monitor the situation to ensure that the officers did not come into contact with the witnesses or tamper withevidence.
She said the officers were suspended without pay when they were arrested and their suspension would be extended.