Hawks arrest cop who repeatedly extorted money from drug dealer
A 52-year-old warrant officer who allegedly extorted money from a drug dealer to make a docket disappear has been arrested.
The Hawks arrested the officer, who cannot be named at this stage, on Tuesday. He was stationed at Westernberg police station, according to Hawks spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke.
He was reported after allegedly demanding more money.
“The victim reportedly gave the suspect R6,000 in the past but the police detective kept on demanding more until the matter was reported to the Hawks. The suspect was arrested in the city immediately after receiving a R6,000 gratification from the victim,” said Maluleke.
The officer was found in possession of more than R27,000 in cash.
He is expected to appear at the Polokwane magistrate's court soon, charged with corruption and extortion.