Cape cops arrested over R15 000 bribe

2012-01-18 16:19

Johannesburg - A policewoman and a police reservist were arrested on Wednesday in connection with bribery in Worcester, Western Cape police said.

A third police constable was being questioned, but had not been arrested, said Warrant Officer November Filander.

He said the arrested pair, both 31-years-old, allegedly demanded R15 000 from a transport company to turn a blind eye to illegal goods it was moving.

It was unclear whether the bribe was paid.

Worcester is a major through point for trucks travelling from Cape Town to Johannesburg along the N1 highway.

"The investigation has been underway since November last year and is continuing," said Filander. This meant further charges could be added.

Filander said the two were surprised when they were arrested in front of their colleagues at the change of shift parade at 05:45.

They were being held in the police cells in Bellville, near Cape Town, and would appear in the Worcester Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of corruption.

  • Mphotent - 2012-01-18 16:25

    Good we tired of paying "Tjotjo"

  • Ben - 2012-01-18 16:25

    This is no way to reduce crime. These people should not be in the Force.

  • Jerolan - 2012-01-18 16:26

    2 cops down, many more to go. Arrest those from the transport company that gave the bribes as well

      Sean - 2012-01-18 17:07

      Yes, I agree, for being an accessory to the crime!

  • Anthony - 2012-01-18 16:29

    our cultureal cops

  • Lisa - 2012-01-18 16:37

    Why the surprise, Corruption Town.

      Grimett - 2012-01-18 17:11

      they got arrested didn't they ? unlike some other towns. Well done Cape Town.

  • Lynda - 2012-01-18 16:45

    If they arrest all the corrupt ones there will be no police force but then maybe that's a good thing!

      George - 2012-01-18 16:59

      Then we can live happerly ever after

  • ISO - 2012-01-18 16:59

    Good point by arresting them infront of their colleagues - it makes a good point!

      Sean - 2012-01-18 17:21

      It's like removing illegal posters from a lamp post in town, it just leaves room for the next poster to go up in it's place! Get What I ,mean? This just leaves a gap for the next two scrupulous dudes!

      George - 2012-01-18 17:52

      Job creation

  • Daniel - 2012-01-18 17:30


  • leondlg - 2012-01-18 17:40

    Didn't they read the cop manual? If you take a bribe you have to share, or face the full force of the law..

      George - 2012-01-18 17:51

      Now promoted to MP's

  • matthew.healing - 2012-01-18 17:57

    Am I the only one wondering what the illegal goods are...???

  • Andries - 2012-01-18 18:25

    What is this article doing in the Science and Technology section? Silly

  • Lordwick - 2012-01-18 18:26

    Leave the cops alone,gun for the corrupt ANC politicians cz those would be called the big catch and our country would be saved from drowning!!!

      Jonathan Hol - 2012-01-19 01:23

      @Lordwick: the erstwhile mayor of New York implemented the zero tolerance Policy of tackling crime and corruption and grass roots level in order to minimize it. As you have by now noticed the senior officials seem to get away with it or merely change job titles. Root it out everywhere but hit the grass roots level hardest.

  • braamc - 2012-01-18 18:50

    Here is a surprise, cops involved in corruption... never

  • Jonathan Hol - 2012-01-19 01:25

    In Jozi they have it down to an art. The cops here love road blocks. On nearly every road as look for fault on your car to even a chip in your windscreen and threaten to fine you. If you ask them to please fine you so you can carry on with your day they moan because you are being difficult. Amazingly they don't wear name badges and refuse to give their names even if you demand it.

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