Man accuses traffic cop of wanting bribe

2014-08-21 00:00

A PROMINENT Pietermaritzburg businessman has accused a traffic officer from the Msunduzi Municipality of demanding a bribe in exchange for cancelling his illegal parking ticket.

The businessman, who asked that his name not be used and his business premises not be revealed for fear of victimisation, said about five traffic officers from Msunduzi went on a blitz, issuing tickets for cars parked outside his business premises this week.

The cars were parked along Langalibalele Street, and some areas are not clearly marked.

He said he went out to try and reason with one of the officials and explained that some of the cars parked there belonged to him and his employees and were parked there because there was no designated parking for them.

He said when he tried to explain, the officer in turn asked for the bribe. “When I tried to explain we do not have a loading area, she just said, ‘Look at how these cars are parked’ … and then asked, ‘How much you would pay me?’. When I said, ‘Excuse me’, she realised that she said something that she should not have said and she made out like she had choked and she continued to write the ticket.”

The annoyed businessman said he was offended by the request for a bribe.

He said the officer continued to write the ticket. “I think she wrote the ticket for about R300. I have not been there to check it.”

The municipality did not respond to a request for comment.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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