'R8 crash not linked to corruption case'

Authorities have denied the Audi R8 crash is linked to a Sandton police corruption case.

The scene on Oxford Road where a car collided with a tree on 10 January 2012, killing two people. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police on Thursday denied the existence of a common thread between the devastating Audi R8 crash and the arrest of two Sandton police officers for corruption.

Two constables appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court for allegedly extorting R1,000 from a motorist.

Police said the officers pulled a woman over on Sunday last week and accused her of carrying drugs.

They allegedly took her driver's licence and forced her to draw cash from an ATM - an act which appears to have been caught on camera.

The officers have been released on bail and will return to court next month.

They're expected to be served suspension letters as soon as they report for duty.

Police claimed Goodman Lubisi who died in the Audi R8 found dagga in the Areff Haffejee's possession, but this explanation is being treated with great scepticism.

Meanwhile, a high-level police meeting will get underway on Friday which is expected to look at the state of police stations throughout the country, amongst other things.