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Chantelle Fourie
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10 Oct 2017
11:54 am

R100 bribe leads to 3-year sentence for metro police officer

Chantelle Fourie

The officer also received a five-year suspended sentence provided she is not found guilty of a similar offence.

A City of Johannesburg metro police officer was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment with the option of paying a R5 000 fine after accepting a R100 bribe, City Buzz reports.

The Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court, which handed down the sentence on October 5, discovered that the officer, Nkgoape Lydia Matsapola, accepted a bribe from an undercover agent who was on the road without a valid driver’s licence.

The City’s public safety MMC’s spokesperson, Luyanda Longwe, said this incident occurred during a sting operation on 27 March last year. The undercover agent was from the National Traffic Anti-corruption Unit.

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“As the Department of Safety, we will not tolerate any form of bribery and corruption in our ranks,” she said.

Matsapola also received a five-year suspended sentence provided she is not found guilty of a similar offence. The magistrate further found her unfit to carry a firearm.

Longwe said the public should report corruption by contacting the metro police’s anti-corruption hotline at 0800 203 712.

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– Caxton News Service

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