Two South African Police Service (SAPS) officers have been arrested for allegedly taking a bribe from a drug suspect in Johannesburg, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Saturday.
Members of the national traffic anti-corruption unit, who were observing the Florida police station in Roodepoort, Johannesburg pounced on the officers while the transaction was taking place, RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said.
“A sum of R3 000 was found in the possession of the officers. It is alleged that the duo had earlier arrested the man for drug possession and made a deal with him to bring them the money to avoid incarceration,” he said.
Members of the anti-corruption unit assisted by the Gauteng traffic police and a member of the SAPS made the arrests after observing the officers taking the money in a parking lot at the police station.
“Three explosive gels were found when the SAPS van in which the officers were driving was searched.”
The police officers were expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on Monday on probable charges of corruption and illegal possession of explosives.
The arrests would send a strong message that corruption would not be tolerated within the law enforcement fraternity and the law would be applied equally to all without fear or favour, Zwane said.
– African News Agency (ANA)