A Nigerian man who is accused of passing himself off as a Hawks officer made an appearance in the Pretoria Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday. The court is located in Pretoria. The judge made the decision that he should not be released on bond at that time. Stanley Ewulu, age 42, a resident of Sandton, has been charged with extortion, corruption, and being in the country illegally. The charges stem from the fact that he was in the country without authorization. The allegations against him originate from the fact that he was present in the country contrary to the law.
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Ewulu and his co-accused Peter Molomo, who was granted bail during their second appearance on March 22, 2022, allegedly approached the complainant and introduced themselves as Hawks investigators from the Pretoria office, according to Lumka Mahanjana, a spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in North Gauteng. During their second hearing, the court decided to release Molomo on bail.
"They demanded R300 000 to destroy a case docket that was opened against him and also promised to also hand over a vehicle that belonged to the complainant, as well as his refugee documents that were confiscated by the Sunnyside police," Mahanjana said. "They promised to also hand over a vehicle that belonged to the complainant, as well as his refugee documents that were confiscated by the Sunnyside police." "They promised to also hand over a vehicle that belonged to the plaintiff, as well as his refugee paperwork that were confiscated by the Sunnyside police," said the individual who filed the complaint.
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According to Mahanjana, the complainant went to the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation office in Germiston and reported the incident there. Following the completion of investigations, the two people were taken into custody on March 10, 2022 in Time Square in Menlyn, which is situated in the city of Pretoria. The hearing has been moved until June 3, 2022, so that extra investigations can be carried out before the new date is set.
In a different incident that was nonetheless connected to this one, police in the central business district of Johannesburg detained four people for impersonating law enforcement officers. According to a statement made by Captain Xoli Mbele, a spokesperson for the police department, it was reported that the four people were brought into custody on Sunday at the intersection of Bree and Twist streets. Mbele has shed light on the fact that there are two women among the suspects in this case.
"When the police were going about their routine duties to prevent crime, they became aware of certain strange persons who were causing problems for residents of the neighborhood. They pursued those who did not have citizenship in their nation and demanded passports from those individuals. They were taken into custody by the police, who discovered that the individuals had appointment certificates as well as handcuffs on their person when they made the arrests "Mbele mentioned it. Mbele stated that the four people who are being investigated would be appearing in court on Tuesday at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.
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