Mpumalanga regional court interpreter arrested on corruption charges
A Mhala regional court interpreter appeared in court earlier today on corruption charges.
Timothy Sibuyi (47) was arrested after an investigation by the Nelspruit Hawks.
Spokesperson for the Nelspruit Hawks, Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi, says it is alleged that on 17 November 2022 Sibuyi approached the brother of an accused who had been arrested on rape charges and told him that he could arrange a legal representative at a fee.
“When the complainant offered him R1 000, he allegedly refused and demanded R2 500. The money was raised by the family and deposited into Sibuyi’s bank account, after which the brother reported the matter to the police. After Sibuyi heard that a corruption case had been opened, he allegedly approached the mother of the complainant and paid R2 000 back and promised to settle the outstanding amount later.”
The accused was released on R5 000 bail, and the case has been postponed to 16 October.
In April 2021, a Calcutta court interpreter, Zizwe Zitha (40), was also arrested for allegedly committing the same crime. His case was transferred to the Nelspruit regional court and will be heard on 19 November.