Traffic cops busted after ‘demanding’ a bribe

2010-05-01 00:00

THREE traffic officers were arrested for soli­citing a bribe from the driver of a go­vernment vehicle, who was transporting go­vernment officials, in Vryheid yesterday afternoon.

It is alleged that the Road Traffic Inspecto­rate (RTI) officers were arrested after they were found with marked bank notes, which they had received as a bribe from the government minibus driver.

The vehicle was transporting two government employees and a member of the provincial legislature from Durban to an African Peer Review Mechanism function in Nquthu, in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

RTI spokesperson Rajen Chinaboo said the vehicle was stopped at a roadblock between Vryheid and Dundee.

The officers confiscated the driver’s licence, after they said “it had faults”.

“They then demanded that he pay them R300 in order to get his document back. Apparently there was nothing wrong with the vehicle and the driver’s licence,” said Chinaboo.

He said the driver told the officers that he did not have cash with him, and requested to withdraw it from the nearest ATM. He then drove to the ATM with his passengers, leaving his document behind.

“On their way, the government officials phoned the Department of Transport’s special operation unit, which deals with corruption.

“They were advised to mark the money and report the matter to the nearest police station soon after paying the bribe,” said Chinaboo.

After the officers accepted the R300 bribe, they left the roadblock site, he said.

“One of them immediately booked off sick.

“But the other two were instructed to go back to continue with the roadblock,” Chinaboo said.

Two officers were arrested at the roadblock site, while the other one was arrested at his house. He said each of them was found with a marked R100 bank note in his pocket.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe said the men have been charged with corruption, and they will appear at Vryheid Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

They were denied bail.

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