Constable Mjatya Bukani, 35, and a police reservist were on patrol on December 8, 2010, when they searched a taxi driven by Wanana Gwadino and allegedly found a bag of perlemoen.
Bukani apparently demanded money from Gwadino, turning down his first offer of R300, but accepting a second offer of R500.
Bukani later allegedly demanded R500 more, which Gwadino withdrew from an ATM.
According to the charge sheet, Gwadino and his two passengers were locked in a holding cell, and were later released without being charged.
Bukani and the reservist have pleaded not guilty to a count of extortion, and an alternative count of corruption. – Sapa