Proteas

Commentators 'forced to pay bribe' to cop

Michael Vaughan (AP)
Michael Vaughan (AP)

Cape Town - Four BBC commentators were involved in a confrontation with a South African policeman who, they claim, took their cash.

According to The Mirror website, Jonathan Agnew, who was driving the car, claims he was pulled over and asked to produce his licence - which he did not have - before being threatened with being cuffed and taken to the local police station.

Agnew, 55, revealed in a series of tweets that fellow commentators Michael Vaughan, Henry Blofeld and Simon Mann had to dig deep in their pockets to pay off the policeman.

“He made us empty our pockets and took the cash. Please do not suggest I bribed him,” Agnew tweeted.

He added: “Very nice of the kind officer to let me go. After I had emptied my pockets of cash and given it to him. #corruption”

Vaughan, who is a former England skipper, posted a picture on Instagram of Agnew in conversation with the police officer outside their car who was described as being “very aggressive and unpleasant.”

The two - along with Blofeld and Mann - had been broadcasting on the first day of the fourth Test between South Africa and England in Centurion.

Agnew said that the officer, a cricket lover, cheekily asked him "who was winning" as he “trousered the cash”.

But he added happily: “Could have been worse. Officer kindly let me keep 20 rand (85p) to see me through till Wednesday evening.”

Twitter users expressed sympathy with Agnew’s plight although some questioned whether paying the money was encouraging corruption in South Africa’s police force.

One wrote: “100% that’s a bribe! No one makes you, you can go to the Station with him, watch him ‘fine’ you then. That’s how bribes work.”

But another user immediately wrote: “Easy to give advice from a armchair.” to which Agnew responded:“Correct.”

A BBC spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Jonathan Agnew was stopped by the police. He was not carrying his driving licence and paid a fine.

Not looking good for Aggers......!!!!!

A photo posted by Michael vaughan (@mvaughan40) on

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