Traffic officer held for R200 bribe

2012-11-05 16:23

Johannesburg - A traffic officer was due to appear in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Monday on a charge of soliciting a bribe, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said.

He allegedly pocketed a bribe from a motorist during an alcohol blitz operation that took place in Alexandra, Johannesburg, on Saturday, RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail said.

"The motorist was arrested, and he complained about why he was arrested despite having paid a bribe," said Ismail.

He told police he had handed a R200 note to one traffic officer. Police searched the officer and the R200 note was found on him. He was arrested.

"It remains extremely worrying that the people who are supposed to uphold the rule of law are the ones who tamper with it. We will not hesitate to act, even against one of our own," said Ismail.

  • honey.deelishus - 2012-11-05 16:37

    Keep it up SA! Soon we'll be printing R1000 and the R10 000 notes to keep in line with Zimbabwe!

      simon.sinimoni - 2012-11-05 17:27

      explain to me how the bribing of a S.African police officer is related to Zimbabwe?

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-11-05 16:39

    Maybe the guy who complained that he was arrested despite paying the bribe should take his case to the Consumer Council

  • Kedibone Abu-Heru Moagi - 2012-11-05 16:59

    lol! I really think they should leave the guy alone, and this guy that got arrested should shut the hell up. Every once in a while one wishes the officer was corrupt enough to understand, and most of the time they are just doing you a favor cos u r overall a good guy that found himself in a bad situation. Most of our officers are great peoples, we need to motivate them

      Mike Woolnough - 2012-11-05 17:39

      Kedibone - really! It is people like you who condone bribes asked for and paid that ensure this country becomes a real banana republic. We need to act responsibly and obey the rules of the road. When we transgress we need to face the music.

  • roger.jensen2 - 2012-11-05 18:24

    Attempting to, our actually bribing someone is a serious criminal offence in itself - doesn't this say a lot about the general public who think this is the appropriate thing to try in the first place; let alone the matter of the offence committed that led to a bribe. Examine all of your consciences before spouting rubbish. - 2012-11-05 19:07

      The problem is that spending a night in jail is extremely dangerous, you can get raped(most likely by someone hiv+), beaten, catch disease, lose your possessions etc. So if you could choose between that and R200 what would you do? Just don't drink and drive? Well it's easy to do that but you still have to contend with cops that claim you have been drinking despite you being sober, faulty breathalyzers, cops mssign with the results to meet their quota etc.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-05 19:32

    and this is news why ?? arrest that sack of $hit who just took a 200 million rand bribe....oh wait, you can't he's in charge..

      Wally Walters - 2012-11-05 19:51

      It is sorry be cause the honest policeman is also now branded for life

      Michael Francis - 2012-11-06 05:52

      lol...i bribed a cop n his partner with biltong when i was still living in the eastern cape...i was on my phone n didnt have my safety belt on...n if they did a dui test...i wud have been locked up because of the heavy partying from the night before....cops myt be corrupt....but in general..the metro police are the biggest idiots n 90% of them are corrupt...they should maybe increase the cop salary a bit then maybe there wnt be as much bribery then

  • godesha - 2012-11-05 19:48

    The guy who paid the bribe is just as guilty as the cop who took it. Corruption works both ways. Nevertheless, good for locking them both up.

  • moosa.xulu - 2012-11-05 20:41

    U c ppl should not just commnt on things or facts they dont even knw abt. Coz its not wat happened n thinkin ur a leader bt yet missleading da country becomes a national problem. Next tyn ppl should gv dem more tine on research n questioning...

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-11-05 21:26

      moosa: Please type a little louder so that I might understand what you are trying to say.

      dane.oreily - 2012-11-06 01:48

      Thanks for the sms Moosa!

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-11-05 20:52

    I don't really know who feed news24 with all these story. The story is misleading and unfounded.

      moosa.xulu - 2012-11-06 09:42

      They are just typical journalist spicing up every story just so it would sell. As for people being interview whilst they r in the dark abt the event its shocking. Because this information is missleading the country hence its just da total opposite of the truth.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-05 23:34

    Oh and here I was thinking that paying the traffic officer at the time of being caught was an 'instant' fine......silly me. Seriously, they turn nasty if you dont pay them, as I have found out. It is usually in a place where there are no witnesses....

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