South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), on Thursday, confirmed the arrest of three traffic cops for allegedly taking bribes in Brits, North West province.
Hawk’s Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso said the North West provincial traffic officers, aged between 31 and 50, were nabbed after the Hawks conducted an anti-corruption awareness campaign in Brits.
Rikhotso disclosed that the awareness campaign was organized to enlighten, educate and warn public servants to steer clear from all forms of corruption and to get prepared to face the wrath of the law if they err.
On how the traffic officers were arrested, the officer said: “Shortly after the campaign, Hawks members received information from members of the Brits community alleging that certain traffic officials are taking bribes from traffic offenders along Thabazimbi road. The information was followed up and as forewarned, the Hawks pounced on the suspects.”
The three traffic cops will know their fate when they appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
The Provincial head of the Hawks, Major General Linda Mbana, who weighed in on the matter urged community members not to hesitate to report criminal incidence to the security unit.
Mbana promised that the Hawks, as usually, will respond and take up their matter urgently.
“We do not sit on the information that we get from members of the community, we act on it. Members of the community must continue to provide us with information about criminal activities,” she said.
Last week, the Hawks welcomed the conviction of a former municipal manager. The municipal manager was arrested in August 2013. He was subsequently found guilty this December for swindling the Oudtshoorn municipality of over R2 million.
Commenting on the matter, SAPS described the ruling as “a first of its kind in the Country”, adding that it emanated from five charges in contravention of section 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003.