R100 bribe: Metro police officer faces jail time or fine

2017-10-05 21:14

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Johannesburg – A Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer has been sentenced to three years in prison or a R5 000 fine for accepting a R100 bribe.

Nkgoape Lydia Matsapola, 41, was sentenced by the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Thursday following her arrest in a sting operation conducted by members of the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit (Ntacu) in March last year.

"She stopped an undercover agent for driving a vehicle without a valid licence disc. She accepted a R100 bribe in exchange for allowing the agent to drive away without the required fine," said Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) spokesperson Simon Zwane.

Matsapola was charged under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act and the magistrate took into account her unique personal circumstances in mitigation of sentence.

"She was further sentenced to five years' imprisonment suspended for five years provided she is not found guilty of a similar offence again. The magistrate declared her unfit to possess a firearm," Zwane said.

The RTMC will now apply to have the officer unregistered as an authorised officer to prevent her from ever working in law enforcement.

"The sentence should send a message to other traffic law enforcement officers that bribery and corruption has very negative consequences," said Zwane.

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