Social worker appears in court

A 36-year-old social worker appeared at Witbank Magistrate Court facing a charge of corruption.

She appeared on Thursday, August 31. The arrest came when a male suspect on a shoplifting case was channelled by the same court into a diversion programme.

The social worker was supposed to have been assisting the man with the programme. However, instead of doing her job, she allegedly blackmailed the man into paying R1 500. The matter was brought to the attention of the police who acted immediately and arrested the social worker.

“Police warn community members who are arrested and their cases dealt with accordingly to the diversion programme not to agree to be scammed of their hard earned cash,” said Brig Leonard Hlathi provincial police spokesperson.

Diversion programmes are free of charge and initiated by government.

“Social workers are advised to remain truthful to their oath of office, hence corrupt activities will not be tolerated,” Brig Hlathi said.

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