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Johannesburg welcomes corruption report

2012-04-23 21:39

Johannesburg - The city of Johannesburg on Monday welcomed allegations made against metro police officers in a Corruption Watch report.

"Corruption is a multi-faceted problem that impacts on many areas of society and this also impacts on the work we do," spokesperson Gabu Tugwana said.

He said many measures were already in place to prevent corruption.

"Management will also thoroughly review the report and implement controls and recommendations."

On Monday, Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis released a report "The Law for Sale" on corruption within the Johannesburg metropolitan police department (JMPD).

Key findings of the report include the scale of the problem and that authorities fail to recognise it.

"[The report] criticises the JMPD for being in denial about the extent of corruption within its force. The sheer scale of the problem is massive."

He revealed that one in four Johannesburg drivers paid a bribe to traffic police in 2010.

"[The report, along with other surveys] show that one in four road users in Johannesburg has paid a bribe," he told reporters in Johannesburg, referring to a Statistics SA survey in 2010.

This amounted to about 150 000 drivers. He explained that no new survey had been done, but he believed the trend had climbed since 2010.

"Bribery is a serious crime."

The report formed part of a nationwide anti-bribery initiative, or "no more tjo-tjo" campaign, which was also announced on Monday.

The report is one of several planned by Corruption Watch to highlight graft hotspots in the country.

Lewis said JMPD statistics showed only 184 cases of corruption were reported from 2009 to 2011, in which 37 officers were found guilty and 19 were dismissed.

Corruption Watch's recommendations to the JMPD and the city were to take responsibility and address corruption.

JMPD officers should at all times wear visible identification and be able to confidentially report corruption. Field integrity tests should be used to gather evidence against corrupt officers for disciplinary measures.

Lewis emphasised that bribery was not a victimless offence. Drunk drivers or motorists with defective vehicles were left to drive on the roads after paying a bribe.

"We often hear the excuse that the public is responsible for offering bribes to traffic officers, but we look up to law enforcement officers to be accountable and exemplary in their behaviour," Lewis said.

"The public would be very reluctant to offer a bribe if they knew that traffic officers always upheld the law."

Corruption Watch was started by the Congress of SA Trade Unions in January to hold public and private sector officials accountable.

Comments
  • Piet - 2012-04-23 21:57

    So? What are you going to do about it Wayne Minnaar? Just put some spin on it at revert back to look for people with oustanding fines?

      Godfrey - 2012-04-23 22:59

      LOL...they have already welcomed corruption, difficult to say farewell.

  • Themba - 2012-04-23 22:03

    Bribery 2 the metro police might be seen as a no man's game but most of metro police do accept bribery,becouse if they wer so honest n did their work in full force i think we would be having less cars which are not road worthy,but thats only a thought....i believe that south african citizens must stand in being a good nation due 2 the number of cars that are not road worthy....

  • Stanley - 2012-04-23 22:32

    Those guys paid themselves every day,but i think R20 bribe its better dan R500 fine

      Christelle - 2012-04-23 22:43

      Then the person paying the R20 is as much part of the problem as the person receiving it. We cannot complain about ANY bribery if we do it too. Whether it is R5 or R5m - same difference.

      Frank - 2012-04-24 09:07

      Stanley you fool you are bad as they are

  • rickvcooper - 2012-04-23 22:56

    It is not just bribery that you have to watch, filthy government, it is actual cases of extortion. Your pigs have the guns, the badge, the uniform, and the fellow gang-members on hand. Hence, they have the power.

      Martin - 2012-04-24 07:39

      its why the public was disarmed, else there would have been alot of holey criminals ...i mean police

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-23 23:26

    Concentrate on your

  • lmadikwe - 2012-04-24 00:47

    Taxi driver in Roodepoort once told me that some Metro police in their region when they stop a taxi, they don't bother themselves to check the road worthiness of the vehicle and the drivers license. Instead, they head straight to the driver and say: Ke kopa passa ya tee.(Before you pass this place, buy me tea).

  • christo.cilliers - 2012-04-24 05:43

    yeah it is a serious crime. pity NOTHING gets done about it... this is the downfall for our beautiful country.....

  • Carry - 2012-04-24 06:04

    CORRUPTION IS A WAY OF LIFE IN S.A. - HOW TO STOP IT WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT IS SO CORRUPT IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY.

      Anthony - 2012-04-24 08:26

      spot on.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-24 08:22

    I wanna see this report!!! Because I can believe that corruption is everyones middle name

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-04-24 08:26

    "We often hear the excuse that the public is responsible for offering bribes to traffic officers," Well if the public were all upstanding and did not break the law we would not need police officers would we?

  • carolannbaptista - 2012-04-24 08:44

    All you have to do to see the bribery happening is come to Atlas Road in Boksburg when they have a road block. The vehicles that should not be on the road - are all OK to drive off after paying the bribe

  • Abdul - 2012-04-24 13:34

    What about bribes to get learner / driver licnece. It is impossible to get one without paying a bribe-even if you're an ACE driver!!!and we wonder why 14000+ people are killed on our roads annually.

  • ??? ??? ??? - 2015-08-27 19:48

    Just makes me angry Johannesburg. Police central send volantery to make money or to protect criminal just i dont understand because they come with trak making money u knw how they're not luking hu make criminal. Just the one hu don't. Have pasport they r focusing because they gate money.from them when we see Johannesburg police lider give them license or what to make corruption how please please don't live them like this ther is no low in johannesburg central. Police....most of time they r parking trak plen str mtn taxi rank bree&troy just folow them. Will see them live like robery

  • ??? ??? ??? - 2015-08-27 19:53

    Just makes me angry Johannesburg. Police central send volantery to make money or to protect criminal just i dont understand because they come with trak making money u knw how they're not luking hu make criminal. Just the one hu don't. Have pasport they r focusing because they gate money.from them when we see Johannesburg police lider give them license or what to make corruption how please please don't live them like this ther is no low in johannesburg central. Police....most of time they r parking trak plen str mtn taxi rank bree&troy just folow them. Will see them live like robery

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