Six cops nabbed for allegedly taking bribes in Mpumalanga

2019-06-22 11:44
Traffic officers. (Supplied, Arrive Alive)

Traffic officers. (Supplied, Arrive Alive)

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Two South African Police Service (SAPS) officers and four Mpumalanga traffic officers were arrested on Friday for allegedly taking bribes during the 2018/19 festive season.

The six officers were identified during an investigation conducted by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit and the Hawks, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said in a statement.

According to RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane, the officers were arrested in Komatipoort, KwaMhlanga, and Middelburg.

"Three of them - a female and two males aged 42, 37 and 34 - appeared at the Komatipoort Magistrate's Court and were granted bail," Zwane said.

READ: Limpopo traffic cop jailed for trying to bribe Hawks official for R200

"The others are expected to appear at the Middelburg Magistrate's Court on Monday."

Zwane said it was alleged that the officers took bribes from motorists travelling on different routes including the N4 and R40 in December 2018 and January 2019.

"The two routes are have been identified as the top hazardous routes in the country contributing a high number of fatal crashes. Mpumalanga recorded 172 fatalities during the 2018/19 festive period."

"The two routes are also notorious for violations of traffic laws including overloaded of trailers, unroadworthy vehicles, unlicensed drivers and speeding."

Zwane said the arrests would send a message to other law enforcement officers to desist from illegal activities when deployed on the road.

"Society demands that there be no zero tolerance for fraud and corruption and the anti-corruption agencies have to act without fear or favour," Zwane concluded.

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