- A North West police officer has appeared in court on corruption charges.
- The officer allegedly requested a bribe to make a case disappear.
- The accused has been released on bail.
A North West police officer has appeared in court on corruption charges after allegedly attempting to solicit a bribe to make a case disappear.
Constable Kgomotso Montsho, 37, was granted R500 bail in the Madikwe Magistrate's Court on Thursday. Montsho faces charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.
The North West Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit arrested the accused in Madikwe on Tuesday, said police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone.
He is accused of attempting to solicit a bribe from a member of the public.
"According to information available at this stage, reports suggest that Montsho called the victim and demanded the bribe for the withdrawal of [a case]... With information at their disposal, the members pounced on the accused soon after [Montsho] received R5 000, which was found in his possession," Mokgwabone said.
The accused, who is stationed at the detective unit at the Madikwe police station, will also be subjected to an internal investigation by the South African Police Service, said Mokgwabone.
North West police commissioner Lieutenant General Sello Kwena said corruption will not be tolerated and "those who lack integrity and tarnish the organisational image through corrupt activities will not be spared".
The officer is expected to reappear in court on Monday, 6 September 2021.