JMPD calls on BBC commentators to lodge complaint

2016-01-24 17:22
Jonathan Agnew (via Twitter)

Jonathan Agnew (via Twitter)

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Johannesburg – Four BBC commentators who allege they were forced to pay a bribe to a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer must lodge a complaint so corruption can be rooted out, a JMPD official said.

JMPD spokesperson, Edna Mamonyane, told News24 officials were aware of the allegations but said no steps could be taken until the British commentators came forward to authorities. “They will have to lodge a complaint officially for us to investigate,” Mamonyane said.

Commentator Jonathan Agnew, in a series of tweets, claimed he was pulled over and asked to produce a licence. Agnew said he and fellow commentators Michael Vaughan, Henry Blofeld and Simon Mann had to dig deep in their pockets to pay off the policeman.

He said on Twitter, “He made us empty our pockets and took the cash. Please do not suggest I bribed him.

“And he's a cricket lover. Asked who was winning as he trousered the cash.

“Still. Could have been worse. Officer kindly let me keep 20 Rand (85p) to see me through till Wednesday evening.”

Root out corruption

Vaughan, also a former England player, posted a picture of Agnew during the stop on Instagram. He described the officer as “very aggressive and unpleasant".

The four had been broadcasting on the first day of the fourth Test between England and South Africa in Centurion.

Mamonyane said the commentators and anyone else who felt they were being asked to participate in a corrupt act should lodge a formal complaint with authorities.

“In South Africa, a case must be opened or evidence furnished for us to investigate a matter such as this one. I would encourage those men to come forward and state their case so we can investigate,” she said.

Mamonyane said the location and time of the incident would greatly assist authorities.

“We can locate the exact time and location of all of our officers. We encourage them to come forward and report this incident. We cannot root out corruption unless everyone assists us. It is not okay to live in a corrupt society.”

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