Two RTI officers arrested in sting

2011-04-05 00:00

TWO Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officers are facing extortion and corruption charges after they were arrested by the Hawks on the N3 on Saturday afternoon.

A source close to the case said Celiwe Nxumalo (33) and Bongani Zwane (35) were arrested and remanded in police custody after allegedly soliciting bribes of R800 each from two motorists they pulled over for speeding.

The two were based at the Midway RTI in Estcourt.

“Law enforcers were tipped off that rogue officers at the Midway flyover bridge on the N3 northbound were taking bribes instead of effecting arrests or issuing traffic fines to traffic offenders,” said the source.

“A trap was set up and marked banknotes were made available. The undercover guys were speeding at 160 and 190 km/h respectively and they were flagged down at the same spot by the same officers who, instead of arresting them, solicited R800 bribes from each driver. When they realised what they were in for it was too late because the marked bank notes were in their possession,” the source added.

Nxumalo and Zwane were arrested on the spot and were detained at the Estcourt police station over the weekend.

They appeared at the local court yesterday where they were granted R5 000 bail each. Their case was adjourned to May 5.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe confirmed the arrests and that it was a sting operation after a tip-off from motorists.

Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu commended the Hawks for the arrests.

“I applaud the Hawks for a job well done. The department will not tolerate government officials who deal with fraud and corruption activities and they shall be dealt with accordingly,” said Mchunu in a statement.

“Our mandate as the department is to ensure road safety on our roads and by having such officers it makes it very difficult and unmanageable. This is why the department will work tirelessly to make sure that corruption is finished within the government sector,” he added.

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