A Tshwane metro police department (TMPD) officer was still in custody after he was arrested for soliciting a bribe on the N1 near Hammanskraal at the weekend.
TMPD spokesperson Inspector Phindile Molefe said the 33-year-old officer stopped a truck driver at the Pumulani toll plaza on Saturday, and demanded R200, Rekord North reported.
“The officer asked the driver to call the truck owner to bring the money. After the driver contacted the owner, the owner alerted the TMPD investigation unit.”
A TMPD investigator was sent to meet the truck owner and give him marked bank notes, to give to the corrupt officer.
“The owner and the officer arranged to meet at the Carousel toll plaza where he handed him the marked notes. After leaving the scene, he alerted the TMPD’s investigator and gave him a detailed description of the officer,” Molefe said.
The TMPD investigator found the described officer and the R200 in marked notes in his possession, Molefe said.
“He was immediately arrested and detained at the Hammanskraal police station. He will appear in court soon.”
Meanwhile, eleven traffic officers arrested over the weekend appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court today.
The officers, aged between 29 and 51, have been charged with corruption and defeating the ends of justice, Mpumalanga News reported.
Eight of the officers were arrested on Saturday and the three on Sunday at various areas in the province.
According to provincial Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Dineo Sekgotodi, Hawks members were acting on information that there were traffic officers who were involved in corrupt activities.
Further investigations into the matter are currently underway.
– Caxton News Service