Breyten court interpreter arrested for corruption

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Breyten court interpreter arrested for corruption
Breyten court interpreter arrested for corruption

A 46 year old court interpreter at Breyten Court, Simon Prince Shongwe was arrested by members of the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation on Friday 17 May 2019, for soliciting a bribe from family members of five suspects who were recently arrested for stock theft.

It is alleged that on 14 May 2019, Shongwe approached one of the police reservist at Breyten SAPS and offered to assist the detainees. He further allegedly requested that his contact number be given to the families of the detained suspects so that he is able to facilitate their release in exchange of R25 000.00 bribe.

The matter was reported to the Hawks and a sting operation was carried out which resulted in Shongwe being arrested shortly after he received the money in his office.

Shongwe appeared before the Breyten Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was released on a R1500.00 bail. The case has been postponed to 25 June 2019, pending further investigation.

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