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18 Jul 2014
8:21 pm

Cops in court for corruption

French SA Chamber of Commerce and Industries president Nicodemus Moeng was "very distressed" when a police officer allegedly demanded R10,000 from him, the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Bellville, Cape Town, heard on Friday.

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This was so the official did not pursue Moeng’s innocent involvement in a so-called Black Dollar scam.

Former police reservist Ignatius Brukman, one of Moeng’s close friends, told the court Moeng approached him for help, after the police officer demanded money from him.

Before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg were two police officials, Siyaza Patrick Siyale, formerly a captain attached to the Hawks, and Wilfred Arno Mentoor, of the Commercial Crime Unit.

They have pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption, theft, and defeating the ends of justice. Siyale has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of extortion.

Brukman told the court he was approached for help in February 2012. Moeng said the captain wanted money from him “now”.

Brukman said he took it upon himself, with his experience as a police reservist, to get involved. When Siyala allegedly contacted Moeng again for the money, Brukman encouraged Moeng to “engage with him”.

Moeng arranged to meet Siyale outside a supermarket. Brukman and a number of other friends accompanied Moeng to the supermarket, to watch from a distance.

Earlier this week, Moeng told the court how he had been approached by Congolese men involved in the Black Dollar scam.

He told the court his statement to police about the scam itself “reads like a horror movie”, and added: “When I read it myself, I get caught between laughing at myself and crying.”

According to the charge sheet, he was approached in August 2011 about a lucrative investment scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The investor, David Kilato, told Moeng he was the only son of a DRC army general who had been assassinated, and that he, Kilato, feared for his life.

Kilato wanted to migrate his business to South Africa, but needed a business partner to “effect the move”. The proposition involved the transfer of money in what Moeng called “lock-up boxes”.

Moeng said he received one of the boxes, and was warned not to open it.

He took the box to an address, and afterwards was stopped by Siyale and Mentoor. He said they went to his home, where the two officers confiscated R400 cash, and a digital camera.

Moeng alleged Siyale threatened to arrest him for his involvement in the Black Dollar scam, unless he paid them R10,000.

The case continues on Monday.