SABS official arrested over bribe

2011-12-27 18:21
Johannesburg - A 32-year-old testing officer for the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has been arrested for corruption after allegedly trying to obtain a bribe, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said the Pretoria-based officer was arrested in Polokwane on Friday after he allegedly demanded that a Polokwane businessman pay him R15 000 in exchange for a SABS test report certificate.

"It is alleged the businessman wanted the certificate to certify that chairs fitted into a truck converted for game viewing, complied with the South African Bureau of Standards," said Ramatseba.

"It is alleged the [SABS] official contacted the businessman notifying him that his application had failed but if paid R15 000 he would issue the certificate."

The businessman then notified the police and a trap was set.

The SABS employee was then arrested after he was paid R12 000.

The compliance certificate and three cellphones were confiscated from him.

He is expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

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