The Hawks’ Anti-Corruption Unit has arrested two state attorneys and a financial clerk from the Department of Justice on Thursday morning for soliciting bribes worth more than R50‚000 from interpreters for a period of three years.
In a statement given by Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, it is alleged that the suspects including two males 40‚ and 49 and a female aged 31‚ allocated work to interpreters in exchange for money.
The captain further explained how money changes hands as he said that “the trio allegedly facilitated the services of interpreters by referring unsuspecting clients to them for a fee.
The clerk would facilitate the payments to the interpreters’ account that in turn they would be ordered to redirect the payments to their account.
The suspects including two state attorneys are expected to make first appearance before the Pretoria Specialized Commercial Crime Court later on Thursday to be tried for corruption and extortion.
Capt Mulamu added that anyone who fell victim to the trio’s “shenanigans” could contact Captain Warmberg on 072 580 2469 so as to facilitate the investigation into the matter.
Though South Africa as a nation tries to wriggle itself out from bribery and corruption, it is sad to note that a bribery survey conducted by the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) proves that south Africans spend most of their earnings on bribe.
The EthicsSA’s recently released report which was based on a survey of 6,400 people in four urban centres in South Africa (Limpopo, KZN, Gauteng and the Western Cape) across all income groups, outlined the things South Africans are most likely to pay bribes for and how much people are willing to pay.
According to the report, while at least half of the citizens sees bribery as simply a way of life, a large number of them see bribery as an unavoidable means through which one’s daily life in the country is linked to.