'Cop being sentenced should serve as a lesson'

Cornelius Wessels was arrested, convicted and sentenced after accepting a R100 bribe to smuggle drugs.

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CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says an eight-year jail sentence handed down to a former police officer sends a strong warning to corrupt law enforcement officials.

Cornelius Wessels was arrested, convicted and sentenced after accepting a R100 bribe to smuggle drugs into holding cells at Cape Town central police station.

During sentencing Advocate Esmeralda Johnson said corruption is difficult to detect and a jail sentence is necessary to deter other "would be" corrupt public officials.

In November 2012, an undercover agent was arrested for possession of dagga in order to setup the sting.

The next part of the operation involved another policeman asking Wessels to handover a container and a R100 to the arrested agent.

Wessels delivered the container to the undercover policeman in custody, who then exposed four bags of dagga.

Wessels did not seize the dagga and was later paid the money by the policeman who gave him the container.

He was later arrested and the R100 note, with a special serial number, was found in his pants.