A detective commander from the Driekop Police Station and a 32 year-old woman appeared before the Burgersfort Magistrate’s court on Monday on charges of corruption, extortion and defeating the ends of justice.
The Limpopo Hawks arrested Warrant Officer Pheladi Mokgwakgwa and her alleged accomplice Celia Makuru as they allegedly colluded to extort R15 000 from Makuru’s boyfriend.
“It’s alleged that Makuru opened a case of rape against her boyfriend and the officer claimed she could squash the case if he paid the R15 000,” said Limpopo Hawks spokesperson Matimba Maluleke.
Maluleke said the complainant was told about the case of rape that was opened against him by the girlfriend or to pay R15 000 for the case to be squashed.
“The complainant allegedly paid R4 000 on the spot on agreement that he will pay the rest later. The girlfriend was arrested after receiving money
from the complainant. The warrant officer was arrested late on Friday,” added Maluleke.
On Monday the duo briefly appeared before the court and their case is scheduled for tomorrow (May 3), they were remanded in custody. .