Corrupt Cape policeman’s trial continues today

SAPS_badgeThe trial of a Western Cape constable who tried to extort money from a taxi driver allegedly caught with perlemoen continues in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Friday.

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