Traffic cop in court on corruption charge

2015-05-19 16:59

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Cape Town - A Western Cape provincial traffic officer, who allegedly asked for a R200 bribe to quash two R500 fines, appeared in a Cape Town court on Tuesday.

Joseph Williams, 46, of Atlantis on the Cape West Coast, was not asked to plead to a charge of corruption when he appeared before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court.

The State alleges that the incident happened in September last year when Williams stopped a bakkie driven by motorist Pieter Bruwer, in Milton Way, Goodwood, in Cape Town’s northern suburbs.

According to the charge sheet, neither Bruwer nor his wife, Charlize, were wearing seat belts. Williams informed them that he had to issue each with a R500 fine for their failure to wear seat belts, and he produced his ticket book to show the couple the many similar fines that he had issued that day for the same reason.

It is alleged that Williams then asked the husband what he intended doing about the two fines that he was about to issue.

According to the charge sheet, the husband realised Williams was asking for a bribe so as to not issue the two tickets, and paid him R200, which it is alleged Williams accepted.

Williams was warned to appear in court again on July 30.

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