Two men aged 42 and 48 appeared in Pretoria Magistrates Court on charges of corruption and extortion Tuesday, May 30.
This follows their arrested by the Gauteng Hawks based Serious Corruption Investigation (SCI) on Monday, May 29.
An Investigating officer of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) allegedly worked with two unknown accomplices.
“They reportedly demanded five million Rand from a businessman purportedly operating an illegal business (Ponzi scheme) in the country,” explained police spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase.
The businessman and his employees reportedly paid about R219 000 to the IPID employee and his two accomplices.
When the trio demanded more money, the matter was reported to the Hawks.
“A case was subsequently opened and investigated, which led to the arrest of the duo, the third suspect is still at large,” Nkwalase confirmed.
The Executive Director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) MS Dikeledi Ntlatseng has expressed her disappointment of the arrest of one of their own by the Hawks.
“The arrest of this member does not in any way diminish the passion in every single Investigator in IPID to be more resolute in dealing with Corruption and crime in general. It is for this reason that IPID will invoke Departmental internal procedures in dealing with the arrested Investigator,” said IPID’s spokesperson Robbie Raburabu.
IPID has requested to be afforded an opportunity and space to deal with the abovementioned processes given the fact that they are confidential in nature.