Prosecutor bust for soliciting R5,000 'bribe' to close 'drunk driver' docket
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) has arrested a prosecutor at the King William's Town magistrate's court for alleged corruption and extortion in the Eastern Cape.
The arrest on Tuesday followed a complaint that the prosecutor demanded R5,000 from a person arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in January 2018.
Hawks spokesperson Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi said the driver was phoned by the prosecutor five months after his arrest and told his blood test results indicated he was over the alcohol limit.
The accused, accompanied by his wife, met the prosecutor in his office where a demand for R5,000 was allegedly solicited to ensure the docket was closed.
The driver raised R4,000 and paid the prosecutor, promising the balance in instalments. He was therefore taken aback when he received a call from the investigating officer informing him of his next court appearance on the same matter.
"He confronted [the prosecutor] who informed him that any query should be directed to his office," Mulaudzi said.
The matter was reported to the Hawks and it was confirmed that the case was indeed allocated to the prosecutor and had been withdrawn due to different seal numbers on the blood results.
The prosecutor has appeared briefly in the King William's Town regional court.
He was granted bail of R1,000 and is expected back in court on November 29.