HAWKS arrest Magistrate for alleged corruption #FightingCorruption
PRETORIA – A 49-year-old Magistrate from Carletonville, Johannesburg, is to face charges of corruption soon following his arrest by the Hawks Serious Corruption Unit on Thursday.
It is alleged that the Magistrate demanded a bribe from two suspects who were arrested for allegedly theft last week. The Magistrate allegedly approached the suspect's colleague and demanded
that the two female suspects pay an amount and they will be released on their next court appearance.
The Hawks team were appraised of the Magistrate alleged intentions and a sting operation was conducted yesterday evening which led to his apprehension.
The National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has welcomed the arrest.
"While everyone is considered innocent until proven otherwise, those who preside over cases in court are expected to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. They should be beyond reproach.
"If proven, the alleged conduct has the potential of tainting the proper administration of justice. We shall continue to act without fear or favour regardless of the status of those who transgress the law," Lieutenant General Lebeya said.
The magistrate is expected to appear at the Carletonville Magistrate Court on Monday on charges of corruption and extortion.
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