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SAPS officers appeared in court today after being charged with this. Consider what they did

On Monday, a group of 10 police officers and metro police officers accused of extortion, robbery, kidnapping, and assaulting a Joburg businessman briefly appeared in court. The accused allegedly entered Sipho Phangwa's home in a marked Gauteng traffic police (GTP) vehicle and demanded R300,000 from him to end a criminal investigation into him. Two citizens and two policemen from the GTP, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), the SAPS, and crime intelligence officers were among the group of people who were arrested.

 

Six further suspects turned themselves in to the police after learning that a case had been started against them, and four of the accused were arrested last week. The impeached cited allegedly entered Sipho Phangwa's home in a marked Gauteng traffic police (GTP) vehicle and wanted R300,000 to end a criminal investigation into him. Two citizens and two policemen from the GTP, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), the SAPS, and crime intelligence officers were among the group of people who were arrested. Six more defendants turned themselves into the police after learning that a case had been started against them, and four of the accused were detained last week.

 

The state informed the court that the complainant, Phangwa, had received threats of death, preventing the accused from submitting a formal bail application. Some of the accused didn't wave to their loved ones and coworkers seated in the crowded court gallery until they were led back to the holding cells. On Tuesday, the defendant will return to the same court to make a formal bail request.

 Bail is something the National Prosecuting Authority wants to resist. Internal investigations are being carried out by the JMPD and GTP against their members who have been connected to the Phangwa case.

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Sources: Group of cops accused of extortion and kidnapping of businessman appear in court


https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2022-06-27-group-of-cops-accused-of-extortion-and-kidnapping-of-businessman-appear-in-court/

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