The Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga has remanded Busizwe Zizwe Zitha, a court interpreter based in Mkhuhlu, in custody after he appeared on Monday on charges of corruption.

Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi, Hawks Mpumalanga spokesperson said Zitha, 40, was arrested by the Hawks in Mpumalanga last week.

She said “The arrest followed a complaint from the victim who alleged that between January and March 2021, he was approached by the accused (Zitha) 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The man, who was on bail, allegedly paid the interpreter, but the cases were not withdrawn in court.

Sekgotodi also said “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”.

Zitha will return to court on Thursday for further investigation and possible bail application.