Sunday Sun reported that Bongani Fassie was arrested last month for possession of dagga and he bribed the cops.
Bongani and the bribed police officers are facing a charge of theft after his acquaintance Richard Joseph Hodes opened a case against them for allegedly stealing R35000 from his car. Hodes also opened a case of corruption against the police after they allegedly took R7000 from him in exchange for his and Fassie’s freedom.
Hodes said Fassie and he were travelling on Rivonia Road, Sandton, on September 25 at about 2am from The Grand strip joint, when he was pulled over by the police.
“I asked the police officer what the reason was for stopping me. He told me that it was a routine stop and asked for my licence. When I got my licence from the centre console of my vehicle, I assumed that the police officer noticed money in it, which was about R35000. I had won it at Gold Reef City,” he said.
Hodes, who claimed he was a teetotaller, said the police officer accused him of drunk driving and ordered him to step out of the vehicle.
When he denied that he was drunk, the officer asked to breathalyse him.
“He then searched me and found R7000 in my pocket.”
Hodes said that while he was waiting to be breathalysed, a second officer searched Fassie and found dagga on him.
“I was told by the officer who searched me to hand over the R7000 cash or he was going to arrest me and Bongani.” he said.
Provincial police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini failed to respond even though written questions and a case number were supplied to him.