I'm good at my job, accused cop says

2012-01-12 21:38

Johannesburg - A traffic officer accused of taking a R100 bribe from a minibus taxi driver at a roadblock told the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday he was good at his job.

"I am the best on my team, I know I am," said Angelo Sampson, 38, an officer in the employ of the City of Cape Town.

Sampson, based at the Parow traffic department, allegedly accepted the bribe from taxi driver Luvuyo Bonani in February last year.

Prosecutor Ezmaralda Johnson alleges Bonani, after his arrest during the late-night roadblock, asked Sampson what would happen to him. Sampson then allegedly asked Bonani for R250 to release him, but Bonani only had R100, which Sampson accepted.

According to the charge sheet, Sampson then released Bonani from a locked patrol van and gave him back the keys to his taxi.

Questioned by defence counsel Lennit Max, Sampson denied the bribe and said he had been nowhere near the patrol van during the road block.

He recalled how a traffic officer that had arrested Bonani questioned who had released him from the patrol van without his consent, but no one knew.

Sampson told the court: "In the taxi culture, they don't expose one another, but stick together. The taxi drivers know me well, and fear me. I am good at my job."

Sampson said he regularly arrested drivers at the taxi ranks, without fear, and took them to court. He said that at roadblocks, all officers did as they pleased. "There is no control. No person is given any particular function at a roadblock."

Johnson asked Sampson if any of his colleagues were as good as himself in their work.

He replied: "No, they don't reach my level... I know my own personal capabilities. I go and get the people, and arrest the taxi owners and drivers. None of my colleagues do that."

Asked if the taxi drivers in the townships were his friends, he replied: "They know me, but I don't socialise with them."

He turned to magistrate Amrith Chabillal and said: "Like I am friends with you, your worship."

Judgment was expected on Friday.

  • Steenbra - 2012-01-12 21:48

    Good @ taking bribes!

      GWS - 2012-01-12 22:00

      Lol!! Clearly.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-13 07:58

      Good at being dof!

      Kala - 2012-01-13 11:55

      And friends with the magistrate;)

  • Jacque Raymer - 2012-01-12 21:54

    innocent until proven otherwise, there are some good cops out there, not many, but there are.

      GWS - 2012-01-12 22:03

      Once these people are taught to take ownership and accept that there are always consequences for their actions, only then will this country have some hope. Until then we're on a one way trip to Banana Republic status.

  • lungi.tatti1 - 2012-01-12 22:11

    Good at his job indeed.

  • Max - 2012-01-12 22:24

    If he is the best on his team, the rest must be mentally challenged.

  • Andile Cele - 2012-01-12 23:30

    i was good two at my job but was cheated by my colleague who gave me money and now have lost my job Sucks to be a block cop in the indian environment

      Mr Kcopah - 2012-01-13 08:01

      cha WABHAYIZA bafo!!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-01-14 02:14

      Tell us more, Andile? Did he trick you?

      flies37 - 2012-01-16 07:33

      Were u forced to take or he gave u at gunpoint?

  • Mantsho - 2012-01-12 23:58

    Well Actions speaks louder than words, he is corrupt.

  • braamc - 2012-01-13 06:18

    Happy if you good at your job. You committed fraud, if you were so good at your job, you won't do that, see discipline, integrity some of the key factors in any job, sorry you are a thieve, finish and klaar, now f#$ck off

  • phumlanii - 2012-01-13 07:10

    How can people firmly assume that the traffic cop did take a bribe without any evidence? Is that possible or is that all traffic cops are perceived as bribe takers?

  • Colin - 2012-01-13 07:30

    This story has 2 sides to it, the first being the obvious, officer taking bribe. The second is that the taxi drivers may want this particular officer out of the way because he is "good at his job"......

  • Dave - 2012-01-13 07:53

    Is the defence councel the same Lennit Max that was in the news for the wrong reasons previously?

  • Sean - 2012-01-13 08:00

    This was clearly an admission of guilt, what more does the court want to hear, plead guilty you thug, spend your time with these other "good" people, oh yes and take some vaseline with you!

  • Sean - 2012-01-13 08:10

    "No person is given any particular function at a roadblock" You are there to do your job as you would have been trained at training camp and uphold the laws of this country ant to protect the community - must you be spoon fed??? Even if you were not caught doing this people like you should never get a promotion, because that would just give you more power to commit greater crimes with the people that "know" you! The wheel turns and sometimes you get cocky and land up with all four wheels in the mud and can't get out of it this time! You were not so lucky!

  • Andre - 2012-01-13 08:37

    He should be jailed due to the abuse of his authority and disgrace caused to the SAPS.

  • flysouth - 2012-01-13 09:02

    Who actually hires these mental defectives?

      Jimmy - 2012-01-13 09:33

      Who hires them? our fantastic government of course.

  • Clayton - 2012-01-13 11:30

    Sad to see our cops believe they are good at there jobs and be corrupt at the same time . Clearly taking bribes is just part of the job these days .

  • Deon - 2012-01-13 12:46

    Someone is lying. We need more CCTV camera's to police evryone (even the police).

  • pages:
  • 1