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Court interpreter arrested for corruption

Court interpreter arrested for corruption

Busizwe Zizwe Zitha (40), the Mkhuhlu court interpreter in Bushbuckridge was remanded in custody by the Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 19 April 2021 after he was arrested by members of the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation Mpumalanga on 16 April 2021 for alleged corruption. He was remanded in custody.

The arrest followed a complaint from the victim who alleged that between January and March 2021, he was approached by the accused after he was released on bail for two cases of violation of a protection order and assault (Domestic Violence related cases) demanding cash, claiming that he will withdraw his two cases.  The victim alleged that he paid the money as demanded but the cases were not withdrawn.

The victim further alleged that the accused continued with his tricks by telling him different stories on different occasions to pay the money, informing him that cash will be for the prosecutor, petrol and the stealing of the two case dockets.

After the matter was reported to the Hawks, they followed up information and the investigation led to the case docket being opened. Warrant of arrest was granted and executed.

The Hawks in Mpumalanga are still appealing to all victims who paid the money to the suspect for the withdrawal of their cases to come forth and report the matter by contacting the investigating officer, Captain Luzile Ndlovu on 071 ‪481 2819‬.

The case is postponed to Thursday, 22 April 2021 for further investigation and possible bail application.

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