Three Cape Town policemen appear for theft and extortion

Three policemen accused of theft and extortion appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday.

They allegedly kicked down Anton Pillay’s door last February and confiscated a plastic bank bag containing 15 sachets of tik and R1650, he told the court.

He said the policemen remarked that he had a lot of money, and said they would let him go if he gave them R100 each. He did so and was allowed to leave.

Pillay was testifying in the trial of Constable Nkosinathi Mdiya, Warrant Officer Mogamat Meniers and Sergeant Heinrich Gordon, all of whom have plead not guilty.

Mdiya is charged with two counts of theft, two of robbery and one of extortion; Meniers is charged with one count of theft and one of corruption; and Gordon faces three theft counts, two of corruption, two of extortion, and two of robbery.

Pillay told the court he lived in an informal settlement in Diep River, and that his girlfriend went to the police after an argument.

He said he was asleep, and groggy from drugs, when the police knocked on his shack door, then smashed it down.

Asked by prosecutor Xolile Jonas what happened to the drugs, he said: “I don’t know, and did not care. I just wanted to be out of the police station.”

He said no investigation docket was opened against him.

Asked why he laid charges against Meniers and Gordon, he said: “They had arrested me before on other charges, and I thought it wrong of them to take my money like that”.

Defence attorney Shantell Morgan said Meniers would tell the court that Pillay’s girlfriend went to the police because he was holding her child hostage, and that their visit to his home had nothing to do with drugs or money.

“My client will say that when they arrived at your shack they heard a child screaming behind the locked shack door and that they kicked down the door because Pillay refused to open it.”

Pillay denied taking the child hostage.

The case was postponed until September 16. – Sapa