Cops get bail as corruption case is postponed

TWO Soshanguve detectives, who were arrested last week by members of the Hawks for alleged corruption after a dramatic chase through the busy streets of Pretoria, have been granted bail.

Detective-Sergeant Simon Ganyane and Detective-Constable Jack Motubatsi, appeared in the Pretoria North magistrate's court on Friday on corruption charges.

Senior Superintendent Musa Zondi said they were each granted R5000 bail and their case was postponed to October 22 for further investigations.

The two were arrested on Tuesday evening during a high-speed chase after they received R10000 in a trap set by members of Hawks in Akasia, Pretoria.

Ganyane and Motubatsi allegedly solicited R10000 from the son of a Pretoria businessman in exchange for the case docket of a rape allegedly committed in 2002.

They allegedly visited the businessman's family house in Akasia on September 17 last week, where they presented the offer. Arrangements were made to have the money ready by last Tuesday afternoon.

But arrangements were also made with members of the Hawks to set a trap. Minutes before the transaction could take place at the businessman's house, the two policemen allegedly changed the venue to a nearby filling station.

At the same time members of the Hawks took up positions at the filling station and in nearby streets after being tipped off.

The money was allegedly handed over to the two men but they refused to hand over the docket. They sped off when members of the Hawks identified themselves as police officers.

The chase ended in an informal settlement in Soshanguve after the two had abandoned their unmarked police van and fled on foot.