Traffic cops bust for taking in bribes

2011-06-07 00:00

THREE traffic officers facing charges of accepting bribes from traffic offenders in northern KwaZulu-Natal were denied bail yesterday.

The three were arrested soon after they had taken a bribe from two undercover police officers on the R66 outside Melmoth at about 12 midday on Friday.

The officers were found with a toal sum R12 000, which is believed to have been raised through collecting bribes from traffic offenders.

It is alleged that they first collected R300 from one police officer, and then later they took R200 from another officer.

Both officers were in civilian clothes. The banknotes were marked and were found kept together with other money in the boot of the state vehicle.

“They had been collecting bribes prior to the setup because there was money found in the boot of the car. They are known for taking bribes in the area. The first police officer even saw a white motorist giving one of them the money,” said Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson Zinhle Mngom­ezulu.

“We believe that all the money found in the boot was obtained through corruption because they had other money in their pockets. The fact that it was mixed with the marked bank notes makes it clear.”

Mngomezulu said they were arrested after they had moved from the spot where the police officers had given them the money. They were apprehended by the RTI’s elite Traffic Transport Inspectorate Unit, which was tipped off by the two officers at different times.

“They complied when they were apprehended. They were taken home to change from their uniforms before they were taken into custody,” she said.

Mngomezulu said the case was remanded for June 13.

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