Lindelani Shezi shared his experience on social media. He claims that when he refused to pay traffic officers a bribe, they took his driver's licence. Lindelani also says they fabricated a reason to pull him over.
Lindelani Shezi says he was driving from Ermelo to Nelspruit when he was pulled over by traffic officers. The officers told him that he had exceeded the speed limit and asked for his driver's licence.
The officers allegedly then went on to ask for a bribe from Lindelani, and when he refused to pay the bribe, they refused to return his licence.
Lindelani shared a video of the incident, but the alleged bribery cannot be proven since it does not happen on camera.
He shared the video, along with a detailed recounting of the incident, on social media.
Here's what happened, according to Lindelani, in his own words:
This morning as I was driving from Ermelo to Nelspruit, I was stopped by traffic police and asked for a license, checked the car and then suddenly told I was over-speeding and I must come and get my R1500 fine. Ok
Then I was asked if I will really take the R1500 fine or do I have money on me. I refused to pay the bribe. I asked him to show me the over-speeding recording on the camera which he could not, then I felt I was being taken for a ride in Mpumalanga with my KZN-registered vehicle.
I opted to record this whole thing. I was threatened, assaulted and the traffic officer refused to give back my license nor to write me the fine. I informed them I will lay charges at the nearest Badplaas police station, they even told me where the police station is. They had their identity name tags hidden.
When I got to the police station a police office refused to open the case of assault, attempted bribery and theft. These traffic officers then emerged at the police station, went inside the charge office at the back office and then came out, went into their car and one of them brought back my driver’s license to me. They tried to threaten me at the police station and I refused to be intimidated.
After 24 years of freedom,
1. no South African deserves to be humilated like I was.
2. We must refused to be coerced into paying bribes!
3. We must refused poor service at the hands of police officials. The SAPS police official who refused to open a case for me saying he can’t open a case against a police official committed a crime of defeating the ends of justice by protecting traffic offices from facing justice; he is an accomplice.
On behalf of the many innocent citizens who fall prey to these ruthless corrupt and arrogant public officials, I am taking this upon me to contribute to the fight against corruption in the public service. My fight against this behavior is about restoration of confidence and trust in our government.
It is officials like these with loose morals who tarnish the name of our government. When a member of the public suffers at the hands of such rotten elements, it is easy for people to say this is how government is treating people instead of isolating these elements from the good-meaning public servants.
I am doing this for the weak, for the vulnerable and for the defenseless. I am not only exposing these characters but also taking them on throughout the justice system.
I have opened a case against them. Police management and IPID must also act against the police officer who refused to open a case against his traffic colleagues.
I say “not in the name of our government, not in that uniform shall we allow this”
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