Two suspects due in court for attempting to bribe Hawks members

MPUMALANGA – Two suspects aged between 41 and 43 are expected to appear before the Volksrust Magistrate’s Court today after they were arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team based in Secunda for alleged corruption.

It is alleged that on Monday, 07 March 2022, members of the Hawks were attending court at Volksrust for a bail application in a case of dealing in drugs. An investigator reportedly received a phone call regarding an unknown Nigerian male who wanted to meet him to negotiate the release of his brother who was appearing in court for dealing in drugs. The brother was apparently arrested on 09 December 2021 and has been in custody since.

A sting operation was put in place after the court granted authorisation. The two suspects approached the investigator as planned and offered an amount of R5000 in order to ensure the brother`s release. The pair offered to pay an additional amount to make the case disappear.

The pair was consequently arrested and charged for corruption.

Source: South African Police Service