Bribery case: Traffic officer arrested for jobs scam

2008-07-24 00:00

A MSUNDUZI traffic department member, arrested for allegedly collecting bribes from people he promised to secure jobs for at the department, will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

The man, who has been with the department for 17 years, was arrested by the Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit at the traffic offices yesterday. “When we came to arrest him he denied committing the crime, but said he was borrowing the money [from his victim],” said Captain Jegeesh Singh of the Organised Crime Unit.

Singh said six victims have come forward and they suspect there are more.

Traffic department spokesman Kenneth Chetty said the suspect is not a qualified traffic officer.

“He failed college a long time ago and was placed in the security department. In 2005 he requested to join the traffic department, which was allowed,” said Chetty.

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