IPID: Motorists must report corrupt cops

2013-01-15 12:12

Johannesburg - Motorists were urged to come forward if police officers sought bribes from them, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said on Tuesday.

"If they have complaints they can come with evidence - we will look into their cases," IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

Dlamini said motorists should report these incidents even if their cases dated as back as 2011. This was after crime forum eBlockwatch told The Star on Sunday it had been alerted to several incidents where police claimed to have "found" dagga after stopping motorists.

A policeman was reportedly killed when a motorist raced away while two policemen were searching an Audi R8 for drugs on Rivonia Road in Sandown, on Thursday morning.

When they found a small amount of dagga, the driver apparently sped off with the policeman still inside the car. The other officer gave chase in a police van.

The Audi driver, Areff Haffejee, lost control and hit a tree, a wall and a light pole. He and the officer in his car were killed.


According to The Star on Friday, an eyewitness rubbished police's reports that Constable Goodman Lubisi, 31, was kidnapped by a drug dealer.

"I don't buy that story that this was a cop kidnapped by a drug dealer.

"I looked that guy [the policeman] in the eyes shortly before he died and he was very relaxed in the passenger seat.

"He had his elbow resting out the window, his seat was rolled back a bit and he was chilling," the witness, identified only as Sly, told the newspaper.

He said it did not look like the police van was chasing the Audi. Its siren and its blue lights were not switched on.

On Tuesday, Dlamini said the investigations into the crash had started.

"Investigations are still at [an] early stage," he said.

The IPID had however not yet received the docket regarding the incident.

He said IPID had started interviewing the eyewitnesses and were calling on more witnesses to come forward.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2013-01-15 12:16

    Bribe?? perhaps on the way to the ATM??

      werner.nel.984786 - 2013-01-15 12:30

      What choice do we have, If you don't pay the bribe you will go to prison. They are not interested in giving you a fine, it's bribe or jail, you choose. It's like paying the mafia protection money.

      Nico Martins - 2013-01-15 12:50

      maybe the second Atm bombing for the day

      thutothegreat - 2013-01-15 12:50

      In Jozi, bribes are part of driving. I used to hate it when I moved to Cape town cos cops here dont take bribes. got used it after a while..

      travis.vermaak - 2013-01-15 12:54

      With a corrupt government, the police will always be corrupt. Corruption must be stopped in government first.

      gideon.walt - 2013-01-15 13:07

      Another "well" thought out committee! You fail so hard!

  • nolan.naidoo1 - 2013-01-15 12:30

    What evidence can a person provide now?? If they asked for a bribe, the driver would have paid it over and the cops then disappear. Not like you going to get a signed receipt. If the cop cars in SA were fitted with video cameras, like UK and USA, it would prevent this kind of behaviour.

      Alfjoe - 2013-01-15 12:57

      The other problem is they tell you that your fine is 5000, bt if have a hundred bucks u wil go. In tht situation wat wil u do? Take a five thou ticket or gve hundred bucks? Wat he will write on the ticket is nt wat yu have done, and it wil be yo word against hs in court.

  • heathway.master - 2013-01-15 12:35

    What an odd and strange statement. He looked into the eyes of a dying policemen, and came to the conclusion that he was very relaxed. After the horrific accident they had, with the car torn into small pieces, the only look the policemen could have had in his eyes was impending death. Secondly I cannot believe the police commisioners statement about reporting all corrupt policeman. I mean lets be real,how many honest policemen are left in the force.

      Alfjoe - 2013-01-15 12:50

      Yu're getting it all wrong man, the man is arguing the kidnaping story, thats y he is saying the cop was relaxed in the car and that waz be4 the car drove off whch is before the accident and definately before the cop died. - 2013-01-15 12:50

      No man he obviously saw the policeman in the car BEFORE the accident .... that fricken car was in 3 pieces there was NO place for him to rest his arm ....

      pushocapture.maake - 2013-01-15 13:34

      Looked at the cops' eyes right before he died; isn't that what he said?

      Scatmanza - 2013-01-15 14:49

      If you heard the interview, the R8 and police car pulled up at a traffic light, the eyewitness saw the policeman in the R8. After this the car accelerated away at speed and crashed

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-15 15:21

      Before the accident occured the Audi that was allegedly racing was actually stopped at a red traffic light waiting for it to change. The witness saw the cop relaxing in the passenger seat at that time. He made no attempt to escape or to apprehend the driver.

  • riad.mahomed - 2013-01-15 12:35

    Shame, if only all those illegal Chinese that’s in our country could tell their stories…………

  • lebogang.frederick1 - 2013-01-15 12:41

    Jah its sound disturbing,BUT mzansi cn we stp jumpin into conclusion?and tyk de situation de way it is.

  • sharnock - 2013-01-15 12:48

    In 1st world countries the public servants are heroes. In RSA they power hungry corrupt individuals who don't deserve respect and thrive on instilling fear into those they are meant to protect. It's a sad sad state of affairs

  • itumeleng.zungu.7 - 2013-01-15 12:49

    IPID is corrupt and now you have to report corrupt police to them, the case will run til the next elections without ever getting any attention. So I say its a waste of time to go and report these guys to the authorities, what we can do as citizens we must just expose them to organisations that are not linked to our government and then put pressure on those who claim to be in power to take action...

  • Tawizee - 2013-01-15 12:50

    They chill in your car when they want a bribe (while the other one is on your tail with the police van).

  • BulletProof. - 2013-01-15 12:51


  • Lizette van Wyk - 2013-01-15 12:59

    If we all did that you would need to open a call centre to handle all the calls. Rather get some undercover honest (good luck) police officers to do your dirty work.

      muke.matshaba - 2013-01-15 13:58

      Lol @Lizzette who would want to risk own their lives by exposing their corrupt colleaques? Those who do the wright thing are always labelled as sell-outs.Live that to the informers they r very good at it.

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2013-01-15 13:00

    make your penalties more realistic and take away all the unnecessary laws. Then people might not be so scared to go through the laughable process that is the SAPS. Stop revving the populace and then ask us to do the work you are wholly inadequate to do. Please run all the finger prints from the SAPS against the national criminal database. Arrest the true criminals that you are hiding from (you know them). I (Public) might be less inclined to to bribe if you (Government/SAPS) acknowledge that your current hate of ordinary citizens is uncalled for.

  • sam.makua.10 - 2013-01-15 13:05

    :Durban - A gang of heavily armed, white men, possibly with military training, is thought to be behind a spate of ATM bombings in small towns in KwaZulu-Natal, it was reported on Sunday.Perhaps white people are getting more desperate, considering that they are turning to such violent means. White armed gang

      wehan.victor - 2013-01-15 14:22

      Cut & paste much?

      eric.vanvuuren - 2013-01-15 16:01

      All South Africans are desperate not just one ethnic group. There is no difference between a black criminal. or white criminal. To suggest this is racist. Too suggest that a South African is a criminal based on pre-conseptions is foolish. Yes you seem to be a fool too!!! Too strike back without thinking, but just too cause controversy is childish. So wake up. There is no space for foolish children amongst adults!!!

  • muke.matshaba - 2013-01-15 13:10

    It wont stop (bribing) as long as they earn low salaries.If i pass a red robot and they for ask a R20 bribe i wont hesitate to pay it.Rather than paying R1,500 fine.Go to the testing station and the courts when u want to see bribing at its highest level.90% of drivers licences are bought,south africa has turned into little nigeria wer every goverment department is corrupted by bribes including all police.

      hughfh - 2013-01-15 14:39

      Muke, you say it is easier to pay a R20 bribe than R1,500 fine if you go through a red light. OK, so what happens when you stop at a red? This is a deadly serious question. I want to know if you would get stopped anyway (i.e. will a cop stop you for nothing and make up an offence?) or will he ignore you and stop the next guy to actually do something wrong? If the answer is the latter, then surely the obvious solution is to never jump a red (or commit other road offences whatver they may be.) If the answer is the former, then SA is screwed full stop.

  • kgabo.patrick.7 - 2013-01-15 13:16

    IPID? i can't waste my time

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-15 13:55

    Come with evidence?. You mean like the cop giving you his demand in black and white?.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-15 15:24

      And signed and stamped with his full name and badge number lol. Maybe we should all insist that we only pay bribes on receipt of such a written demand.

  • mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-15 15:18

    If we have complaints we can come forward WITH EVIDENCE. How on earth? Should we ask the corrupt cop to hold on a minute while we load the video camera? Switch on a tape recorder? What a stupid and pointless statement - they will continue to do NOTHING about known corrupt cops.

  • vernon.meakin - 2013-01-15 16:30

    Where do we find an honest cop to report it to ?.

  • steven.m.armour - 2013-01-15 18:07

    Humph ?

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