JHB top cop arrested for soliciting bribes, not drugs

Colonel Mohale Masia was apprehended at the Sophiatown Police Station this morning.

FILE: A senior Johannesburg police officer arrested for alleged corruption and soliciting bribes has been granted bail. Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - A senior Johannesburg police officer arrested for alleged corruption and soliciting bribes has been granted bail.

Colonel Mohale Masia was apprehended at the Sophiatown Police Station this morning following a year-long investigation by the Hawks and crime intelligence.

The 51-year-old officer allegedly solicited bribes in October last year for suspects to receive bail and to have their dockets destroyed.

The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi said, "He was arrested while he was at work and was taken to Johannesburg Magistrates Court where he got R5,000 bail.

Earlier, national police released a statement claiming the officer was arrested on drug related charges. This was incorrect, the police have now issued a statement with the correct information.

In separate incident, four suspected drug dealers arrested earlier today have been remanded in custody after making their first appearance in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court.

The group is accused of operating a drug syndicate around Johannesburg and unknowingly selling over R70,000 worth of narcotics to undercover cops.

Mulaudzi says three of the men will appear in court again next month for a formal bail application.

"They are in custody as we speak and one of the suspects will be appearing again tomorrow and the others will apply for bail on 13 November."