Two officers charged with corruption and soliciting a bribe

By Drum Digital
15 June 2016

The South African Police Service is an area of society that is just as vulnerable to corruption as any other.

A warrant officer and his colleague from the Mangaung Detective Services appeared today before the Hertzogville Magistrate’s Court following their arrest yesterday. They were caught in the act of soliciting a bribe.

The two were investigating a case of theft of a tractor and instead of arresting and charging the suspect involved in the crime, they demanded R100 000 so that they could destroy the case.

It was discovered that the suspect gave in to their demands and paid the officers R30 000, with a promise to settle the balance at a later date.

The anti-corruption unit The Hawks got information that the two officers were on their way to Hertzogville to collect the bribe money.

The police officers, who allegedly used a State vehicle illegally to collect the money, were arrested at a bank with R70 000 cash in their possession.

The two officers have been charged with corruption and soliciting a bribe.

Over the years, the SAPS has taken strong measures to ensure that officers who are found to be corrupt face the full might of the law.

Several arrests of corrupt police officers have taken place in 2016 across the country.

  • Eleven traffic officers from various areas in Mpumalanga were arrested by The Hawks and charged with corruption and defeating the ends of justice.
  • A police officer from Polokwane was involved in a car crash, while wearing his uniform and driving an unmarked Polokwane Municipality traffic vehicle. The Hawks’ investigation revealed that immediately after the crash, the officer demanded R1 000 from the other driver and threatened to arrest her and take her driver’s licence. The following day, the official went to the woman’s workplace and demanded more money. She reported the matter to The Hawks.
  • Four officers‚ employed by the Tlokwe Local Municipality‚ were arrested at their offices in Potchefstroom on allegations of bribery‚ fraud and corruption.
  • An officer from the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department was arrested for allegedly taking a bribe in Soweto. The female officer allegedly solicited R100 from a motorist when she was caught red-handed. The officer was arrested by a Road Traffic Management Corporation undercover anti-corruption squad.
  • Another officer in Gauteng was arrested for soliciting a bribe when he was operating a speed trap and unknowingly stopped an undercover member of the National Traffic Anti Corruption Unit for speeding. The officer demanded a R100 and a cash sum of R4 000 was found in his possession.

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