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Journalists, public barred from court orderly's corruption hearing

The Mitchells Plain man who allegedly smuggled drugs to prisoners was granted R500 bail.

FILE: Police constable Nehemia Roman was taken into custody earlier this week. Picture: Saps

CAPE TOWN - A Mitchells Plain court orderly arrested on corruption charges was granted bail of R500.

Police constable Nehemia Roman was taken into custody earlier this week. It's alleged he tried to smuggle drugs to awaiting trial inmates in holding cells at the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court.

Journalists and the public were barred from the courtroom where Roman appeared yesterday.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says this matter will be taken further as it was in public interest to know what unfolded during court proceedings.

"We find that a little bit strange. Any Saps officer is an officer of the state and their salaries are paid by the state. Looking at the alleged crimes, it is not of such a nature for the public and journalist not to know what's happening."

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