Bribery doesn’t pay

Leoni Kruger
LEPHALALE — Sgt Mfisa from Lephalale SAPS made a breakthrough at about 23:30 on Thursday 6th April after following a drug dealer around Onverwacht. He managed to arrest John Chiemela (32), Abri Dominique (27) and Chinedu Onurgbo (38) on charges of possession of drugs at African Pride in the Bosveld Sentra Centre and in Skurwerand Street.
“While busy with the paper work relating to the arrest, one of the suspects received a call from a Mr Christian Onunkwar (46) who asked to speak to Sgt Mfisa” says Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson.
Mokoena says Onunkwar asked Sgt Mfisa to have mercy on Chinedu Onurgbo, because he was out on bail for previous cases of possession of drugs.
“He then promised to pay Sgt Mfisa R10 000 if he let him go” says Mokoena.
The police prepared a set-up and Onunkwar agreed to bring the R10 000 to the police station. Upon his arrival at the station in Herman Street, he handed the money to Sgt Mfisa who immediately arrested him for bribery. The money was handed in as an exhibit and a case was registered.
Onunkwar, Chiemela, Onurgbo and Dominique appeared in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Monday 10 April.
Onunkwar appeared for bribery, Onurgbo appeared for bribery and possession of drugs and Chiemela and Dominique appeared for possession of drugs. Onunkwar paid a bail amount of R2 000 at the court, but no bail was granted to the others as there are still outstanding cases against them, said Mokoena.
The case for possession of drugs was postponed to 12 April.
A separate case was opened for illegal gambling at African Pride after Capt Mabila from Visible Policing was following up on a case of business robbery.
Mokoena says Mabila asked for proof that African Pride was registered as a business. He also wanted legal documents to prove that the space was rented in order to operate a business, but no documents could be shown and no certificates indicating the registration of the business were hanging on the wall either.
“All the gambling machines were confiscated and booked in the SAPS 13 register and two employees were arrested” Mokoena concluded.

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