Court interpreter in the dock

Kabelo Tlhabanelo

Court interpreter Joseph Moroka is no stranger to the courts, but on Tuesday he found himself in the dock.

This was after he was arrested by the Hawks after he allegedly committed corruption and theft. 

Spokeswoman for the Hawks Nomthandazo Mnisi told Scrolla.Africa the crimes go back more than three years. 

“Joseph Moroka appeared briefly at Hartswater Magistrate’s Court today for alleged corruption and theft,” said Mnisi.

“The accused was arrested earlier this morning at his work place by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation team after investigation.”

It is alleged that between June 2016 and October 2017, Moroka, who is a court Setswana interpreter, contacted a suspect’s sister in an alleged stock theft case and demanded a gratification of R2,500 in order to have him released. In a separate but related incident, Moroka approached the suspect’s mother in a drug related case and demanded a gratification of R1,000 in order to release the suspect.

The suspect has been granted R3,000 bail and the case has been postponed to 16 March.

Picture source: Supplied by Hawks