SABS official arrested over bribe

2011-12-27 18:21

Johannesburg - A 32-year-old testing officer for the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has been arrested for corruption after allegedly trying to obtain a bribe, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said the Pretoria-based officer was arrested in Polokwane on Friday after he allegedly demanded that a Polokwane businessman pay him R15 000 in exchange for a SABS test report certificate.

"It is alleged the businessman wanted the certificate to certify that chairs fitted into a truck converted for game viewing, complied with the South African Bureau of Standards," said Ramatseba.

"It is alleged the [SABS] official contacted the businessman notifying him that his application had failed but if paid R15 000 he would issue the certificate."

The businessman then notified the police and a trap was set.

The SABS employee was then arrested after he was paid R12 000.

The compliance certificate and three cellphones were confiscated from him.

He is expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

  • Roberta - 2011-12-27 18:27

    Even the SABS now. Is nothing safe from crooks now in S.A.?

      Mike - 2011-12-27 21:55

      Atheitis, the SAbS is a phony institution they charge an arm and a leg for test that mean nothing. I know because I had to endure their nonsense for products I had to test.

      George - 2011-12-28 06:13

      Bribery with a SABS stamp of approval. From next year it will be a compulsory subject for students. You can now pass with a honours degree in bribery and with a SABS stamp of approval. 100% pass rate on this one

  • ubhejane - 2011-12-27 18:38

    Great. This is what we want to read! Root them all out from our society let's get this place ROCKING again!

  • Anthony - 2011-12-27 18:47

    forgive me if I,am wrong but this smells to much like bee

  • Shoe - 2011-12-27 18:55

    Limpopo is fast becoming the corruption capital of South Africa.

  • Johan - 2011-12-27 19:40

    You would be surprised how crooked some SABS officials are, watch this site in 2012

  • Paul - 2011-12-27 20:30

    a raindrop in a storm

  • Cracker - 2011-12-27 20:45

    Buy South African manufactured products? ??????????????? Trust the results of ANY so-called tests, forensic or otherwise? This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is the mistrust one would venture to suggest is somewhat prevalent.

  • Sean - 2011-12-27 23:16

    All I'm wandering about is when people start to loose their lives due to fraudulent "SABS Approved" products, what excuse will the government come up with to explain fatalities caused by these autrocitis? This is one known case, how many other such cases are not known of? I regard this as an extremely serious situation and expect that the whole company be audited with immediate effect to prevent possible fatalities. Many very important and life-saving equipment are tested. Who knows how many items that they are using are actually safe or not! The public deserves a full audit as well as the outcome of the audit as it affects all our daily lives! Kids could be wearing SABS approved cycling helmets that possibly do not comply with the real standards.... the list can go on and on.....!

  • makesuthink - 2011-12-28 06:50

    SABS = South Africans Bloody Stupid

  • Martin - 2011-12-30 11:09

    The North Gauteng High Court will be hearing case number 28735/11 in March 2012 wherein the Applicant alleges that the SABS is not issuing IA (Inspection Authority) certificates or otherwise properly certifying products for the mining industry. The various affidavits and supporting documentation for this case makes for some interesting and revealing reading.

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