While we all celebrate the yuletide season, a Gauteng traffic officer has been forced to spend the rest of this year behind bars after he was arrested for soliciting a R200 bribe.
This is according to the Road Traffic Management Corporation who revealed on Saturday that the 33-year-old man, employed by Gauteng Provincial Government, was arrested by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit on the N12
According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson, Simon Zwane, the officer and three other officers were conducting a speed operation on the highway.
“The officer allegedly stopped and solicited a R200 bribe from an undercover anti-corruption officer,” Zwane confirmed, adding that the suspect is expected to appear in the Springs Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
“The Road Traffic Management Corporation has declared war on corruption in the traffic law enforcement fraternity. Corruption is one of the contributing factors behind incompetent driving and a culture of lawlessness on South African roads,” Zwane said.
At the same time, the police has announced the arrest of five fake officers dressed police uniform and bulletproof vests.
According to Captain Kay Makhubela for the police department, the bogus police were arrested after they entered a house in Melville road, Hyde Park on Saturday
He said the gang entered the house claiming that they were there to take fingerprints.
“They then robbed the owners of electrical appliances and an undisclosed amount of cash.”
Two unlicensed firearms were recovered.
This happens days after the police department charged residents to be vigilant against all form of crime during the festive period- including men who wouldparrade themselves as security agents.
Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele,at that time, said the law enforcement officers found to be on the wrong side of the law will not be spared this festive season.
“Operations which we are intensifying in this festive season, to say that whoever you are, if you are found on the other side so the law, you will be arrested,” Makhubele said.
Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange also said the police are working with Metros and traffic department to combat crime during festive season. He said police will be visible in mall as shoppers become targets during festive season.