- Three police officers have lost their challenge to their dismissal.
- The officers were dismissed for corruption-related offences.
- One of the officers has been found guilty in a criminal court and the two others are awaiting trial.
Three police officers have lost an arbitration application, challenging their dismissal for bribery and corruption.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation's (RTMC) National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit arrested the officers in 2018 and 2019 during undercover operations on the N4 in Mpumalanga. The operations targeted corrupt police and traffic officers.
The undercover agents used marked notes and the officers were recorded during all three incidents, said RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane.
"They were subsequently arrested and charged with misconduct. They were found to be in contravention of Regulation 5(4)(f)(corruption) of the SAPS disciplinary code and dismissed on 27 August 2019. The officers applied to the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council for arbitration, claiming they were unfairly dismissed. However, they lost as recorded evidence clearly indicated they had acted unlawfully despite their denial of allegations against them," said Zwane.
The officers were also criminally charged in accordance with the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.
"One officer has been found guilty and sentenced to four years imprisonment, suspended for five years. The other two are awaiting trial," he said.
"The outcomes of these trials provide further evidence that the work of our anti-corruption team is bearing fruit. We call on members of the public to assist by reporting suspicions of traffic-related corruption to firstname.lastname@example.org or on [the] WhatsApp line 083 293 7989."
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