Cops nab officer for traffic fine bribery

2011-05-16 00:00

A ROAD Transport Inspectorate (RTI) principal provincial inspector was arrested by the Pietermaritzburg organised crime unit and charged for extortion and corruption on Friday afternoon.

The 53-year-old officer, whose name is known to The Witness, allegedly approached a local businessman who had outstanding traffic fines on his vehicle and told him that the fines could be cancelled for a fee of R2 000.

The two met at a local gambling establishment where the police arrested the officer.

He spent Friday night in the holding cells and was granted R5 000 bail on Saturday.

A source at RTI said the officer has been reported several times for similar conduct, but nothing was done.

“People have been complaining about this officer for some time. There’s one instance where he was charged by the department but nobody knows what became of that case,” said the source.

The officer will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

Attempts to get comment on what action will be taken against the officer from the Transport Department were unsuccessful.

Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane’s cellphones were unanswered. Voice messages were left on one of his his cellphones, but he did not return them.

Department head Chris Hlabisa said only Ncalane gives comment to the media.

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