Warrant officer appears in court for taking bribe from suspect

It is alleged that after a theft docket was registered last month, the police officer informed the suspect about the case and solicited a R4000 bribe in order to destroy the docket.

Mandla John Mahlangu (48), a Warrant officer stationed at Embalenhle Police Station appeared at the Evander Magistrate`s Court on Monday(May 7)  for alleged corruption after he was arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigating unit last Saturday.

An arrangement to pay half the amount to get rid of the docket was  made resulting in an operation where the officer was immediately arrested after he received the bribe. Mahlangu has been released on a warning and he is due back in court on June 6 pending further investigation.

The Provincial Head of Mpumalanga Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation Major General, Zodwa Mokoena applauded the team for the swift action. “I urge all members to stay away from corrupt activities in order to serve and protect the country with integrity and pride,” she said.

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