Former traffic cop convicted for accepting bribes

2014-12-24 00:00

A FORMER traffic officer with a masters degree in SA literature has been convicted in the Pietermaritzburg regional court of corruption for accepting bribes from ­motorists.

Nonhlanhla Fortunate Shezi (43) of KwaMashu, a mother of three children, pleaded guilty to three counts of ­contravening the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act. The ­offences were committed in January and February this year.

She lost her job after being found out, according to documents before court.

According to her statement, Shezi has a matric, as well as a BA degree in penology and criminology, a BA honours degree in SA literature and a masters degree in SA literature, which she obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is busy studying towards a PhD at UKZN.

According to her plea, she stopped a motorist on the R617 at Bulwer on ­January 16, examined the car and found various faults with it. These included a faulty front suspension, defective braking system, the hooter didn’t work, the doors were defective, some of the lights did not work and the steering mechanism was defective.

Shezi issued a notice to the owner to discontinue operating the vehicle. She also explained that if it was repaired within 14 days, he could get his licence disk back and that he would have to go to Mkondeni for a roadworthy test.

A month later, she contacted him and asked if the vehicle had been repaired. He told her that he had not repaired all the problems. She arranged to meet with him and subsequently informed him that she wanted R1 000 to release his licence disk to him.

When they met at Boston on February 19, he handed her R1 000. She was thereafter arrested by the police.

On another occasion, she admitted that she and a colleague had stopped a vehicle on Creighton Road in Boston in the normal course of their duties. The windscreen was cracked.

Her colleague issued a notice to the driver to discontinue operation of the ­vehicle and kept the driver parked at the scene for several hours. After some time, it was agreed that he would give Shezi R500 to allow him to go.

Later that day, she met him again, told him she felt that her colleague had treated him unfairly by issuing a discontinuance notice and requested he pay her to get his licence disk back. He paid her R1 000 “to show his gratitude” to her.

Shezi said she knew her actions were illegal.

In terms of a plea agreement negotiated by the defence and State, Shezi was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, which was conditionally suspended for five years.

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