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Pretoria metro cop arrested for bribe

2011-12-23 22:02

Pretoria - A Tshwane metro police constable was arrested on Friday night for allegedly taking a bribe from a truck driver.

He was caught when his superiors came to watch him stopping vehicles for roadworthy checks, Tshwane metro spokesperson Console Tleane said.

"It was very clear that the vehicle had a fault with its lights that warranted a fine. When the driver returned to his lorry he did not have a slip for a fine and he confessed that he had paid a bribe."

The policeman was not aware that his superiors, including acting metro police chief Steven Ngobeni, had been watching him from a car parked nearby.

The constable was arrested and was being held at Mamelodi East police station.

Comments
  • christo.stone - 2011-12-23 22:10

    Good. Lock him up

      Bongani - 2011-12-23 22:38

      We better start recruiting traffic officers, soon our current ones will be joining Jackie in hospital with the compulsory illness after sentencing.

      Pierre - 2011-12-24 04:46

      Or if you live in Waterkloof or play rugby in Pretoria you don't even have to come up with an illness. (Oops was that too insensitive ?)

      Steyn - 2011-12-24 08:10

      Agree - From bribe to bars - it's that simple.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-24 08:46

      They should not fine unroadworthy vehicles they should impound them.

      Mark - 2011-12-24 10:26

      Why nail the small fry if the guys at the top (like in the very very top) have been allowed to accept bribes with impunity?

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-25 09:42

      ANOTHER Metro cop bites the dust. Bees Roux has the right idea.

  • braamc - 2011-12-23 22:42

    Metro cop accepted a bribe, never, there is a surprise.

  • Kraken - 2011-12-23 22:49

    One down. Probably more than half of all Metro cops to go.

      Sean - 2011-12-23 23:49

      That we can guess about, it could be even a higher percentage! This time of the year seems to be fat bonus time for metro cops that's why people are killed cost the vehicles are allowed to continu on their journey knowingly that their vehicles are un-roadworthy! @ The Metro Cops - does your concience not bother you by doing this? I see these corrupt officials as being accessories to the crimes when one of these vehicles claim innocent lives simply for a desperate bribe. If a vehicle is not roadworthy don't you know that someone is going to get hurt at some point in time? I hope that many more stake-outes like this one will take place across the country to elimiate you corrupt officials soaking up public funds when you simply do not deserve it! If you don't like your job find another one.

  • Atholl - 2011-12-23 23:10

    I saw the move - it's called 'the Chain of Corruption' '''The policeman was not aware that his superiors, including acting metro police chief Steven Ngobeni, had been watching him from a car parked nearby. ''' That's before the popcorn break ... after the break : The Superiors were arrested by the SuperSeliors of the Superiors who were watching the Superiors who were arrested for pocketing the daily takings of the policeman .... then ... The Super-Selebi-ors arrested the SuperSeliors of the Superiors who pocketed ... Until the Super-Super-Selebi-ors got caught and ended up in hospital. ... the movie ends with Danny de Vito - wearing a Police Selebio-Uniform and white shoes saying .... eeeeeeeiiiiisshh !!

      Moss Mphahlele - 2011-12-23 23:18

      Why are you so lonely & bored in this festives? Dont you have liefie to waste time on?

      Atholl - 2011-12-23 23:18

      My apologies - metro police chief Steven Ngobeni - .. it has just been pointed out that the word 'acting' has two meanings. .... the one that I was relying on does not apply in this case. I hope that you get more pay and a bigger pension.

      George - 2011-12-24 05:53

      Moss, why not try the Sowetan Im sure they would pay some attention to you, scoot now and enjoy your "festives"

      Moss Mphahlele - 2011-12-24 07:55

      I wonder how you got hired with such a pathetic mind! No wonder you are working while others are sleeping, let alone enjoying the festives.

  • moby.quest - 2011-12-23 23:46

    Good thing this metro cop is not famous. If he had been famous, he probably would have contracted some sort of "incurable disease or illness" the moment they arrested him!

  • John - 2011-12-23 23:51

    Well done!

  • Chabi - 2011-12-24 00:05

    This rookie has a nerve... you take a bribe in the presence of the Chief !! Well off you go now to the hell hole boetie...

  • Sean - 2011-12-24 00:54

    I don't u understand why some of the ppl criticize an arrest and when it doesn't happen you still criticize. A country is built by it's citizens. The government has failed YES but blaming them for trying won't move the country forward won't help. Yes u not going to agree with this since you think i support a BLACK government RIGHT? YOU have to take a look at yourselves first.

      Pierre - 2011-12-24 03:40

      I think these people that just always oppose wants to proof to themselves that things under Apartheid were better and things now are worse. All this for the only reason not to feel any guilt for supporting one of the big crimes of the 20th century namely Apartheid.

      George - 2011-12-24 05:55

      Pierre can I have some of that stuff youre smoking, here's another plank thats pretending to have nothing to do with Apartheid, no need to be in denial peabrain.

      Garth - 2011-12-24 06:48

      Ah pierre, see that you changed your flag again - still comes with the same stains though.

      Pierre - 2011-12-24 08:41

      So George, quite convenient to ignore the many that tried to resist Apartheid in order for the rest to say “we could not have known better". Non-sense, there were people that fought against Apartheid, there were people that knew better. You were just not one of them. But my point is not to go into the blame game, because most people (that includes me) could have done more. My point is not the past, but the present. Why destroy the present because of mistakes made in the past. One can still appreciate and make the best of current SA, irrespective of one’s position during Apartheid. Actually one’s position in the past is irrelevant as long as one changed, but what irritates me is that people refuse to accept any progress for the reason that they do not want to accept that things got better without Apartheid (and there are a lot better). Many would rather see SA destroyed than see it work without Apartheid. Is that description unfair?

      Pierre - 2011-12-24 08:45

      Yes Garth, good of you to notice. I thought variety is the spice of life…but I might change the flag back. The boer-war flags were hijacked a bit by the rightwing, but the boer-war is very much part of our history. General Smuts, one of the more recognized leaders of this country fought under the “Transvaal” flag. Also have you noticed the similarity with the current flag? But I am getting overly verbal. So speak again at another post.

  • Carl - 2011-12-24 02:07

    What!!!! This is not right. How I am I supposed to stay out of trouble? Bribery is the only way. Thumbs up if u hv ever paid I bribe to stay out of jail.

  • Roy - 2011-12-24 05:54

    We have these crooks in the SAPS,Metro Police,Traffic Police,Goverment and in all spheres of our society. They only join these services to use their authority to intimidate people out of their money and many get away with it. They have no shame.

  • Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2011-12-24 06:43

    Finally!!! An impressive performance from our, generally considered, corrupt officials. Job well done!!!

  • braamc - 2011-12-24 06:53

    R500 bail, thank you there you go, see you in Feb and the case get postponed 10 times. Don't understand why his driver's licence and Pdp (if any) gets revoked immediately. The 40 passengers and other road users at immediate risk of dying due to overloading, but these laughable stock at the courts are equally incompetent and useless

  • Vegi - 2011-12-24 07:10

    The government did something good in this instance but some people still blame the government.

  • Eidel - 2011-12-24 07:35

    What about the driver. He should also be in jail......

  • eddiebant - 2011-12-24 07:39

    Many more to go.

  • Susan - 2011-12-24 07:57

    He was arrested - what is next - promotion?

  • Stirer - 2011-12-24 08:05

    So what happened to the truck driver - the other side of the bribery transaction?

  • Benmica - 2011-12-24 08:13

    That is why the vehicles are not roadworthy - bribes keep them on the road... Lock the driver up at well.

  • Linda - 2011-12-24 08:40

    wow!!

      alan.erwin1 - 2011-12-24 10:13

      He got a ticket - to the next police party paid for by the tax payer. Or was it the Police Ball? seeing as they are so full of it.

      Trots-Blank - 2011-12-30 21:53

      @ alan.erwin1: Our police don't have balls anymore...

  • Andrew - 2011-12-24 08:51

    well they have to lock up half the police force then!!!!

      alan.erwin1 - 2011-12-24 10:16

      TRUE - but there is plenty of room for them, seeing as most get out on bail lasting many years - what a jock the courts and the police really are.

  • Andrew - 2011-12-24 08:51

    well they have to lock up half the police force then!!!!

  • Roslyn - 2011-12-24 09:36

    Was this police officer transfered from Douglasdale Police Station?

  • steven.m.armour - 2011-12-24 09:43

    throw the key away

  • Errol - 2011-12-24 09:43

    Simply all a circus,our dear South Africa!!Just spells out, to me anyway,how rotten our justice system can be,and, how terribly useless our cops are.......well ....98% of them!!!!!!!!!

  • brenda.t.coetzee - 2011-12-24 10:01

    Ibhubesi, why bother re recruit officers, they don't do their job in any case. But if we reruit more officers, we might have to build more hospitals to have them in after sentencing. A "prison/hospital"

  • billidp - 2011-12-24 15:52

    GOTCHA!!!!

  • les.cunningham1 - 2011-12-24 17:32

    So what's new News24 ???? Getting a bit some-old-same-old. There will be many more.

  • Motseothata - 2011-12-25 08:46

    wow, i never thot metro police r not allowed to take bribes, thot its their culture. then lock all of them then, cos they all deserve to be locked. marry xmas

  • Nosi - 2011-12-25 09:10

    establish who came with the offer first, money is the temptation bear in mind...

      Carlo Hayes - 2011-12-26 11:01

      He is a cop!!!!!! No amount of money should be a temptation for a cop!

  • Ralph - 2011-12-28 10:03

    He had a job and now he joins the queue of the unemployed. Wonder what he tells his family.

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