- Six traffic police from Mpumalanga province have been arrested for corruption and defeating the ends of justice
- They allegedly demanded a bribe from a motorist who was transporting learners in his bakkie
- They have appeared at the Middelburg Magistrate's Court and were released on warning until July
Six Mpumalanga traffic officers who allegedly demanded a bribe from a motorist will appear again in court in July after they have been released on warning.
They appeared in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of corruption as well as defeating the ends of justice.
The officers will appear again at the same court on 8 July, reports Mpumalanga News.
They had allegedly demanded money from a man who was transporting school children in his bakkie earlier this year.
Instead of issuing him with traffic fine, the officers allegedly took the man’s driver’s licence and demanded money in exchange for his licence, reports Mpumalanga News.
The man couldn't pay the bribe and the cops allegedly told him that he would never see his driver’s license unless he paid for it.
The driver then allegedly made arrangements to "pay" them at the end of March. On the said day, he contacted the officials and allegedly gave them the money.
Police said in a statement:
"The police were then notified about the allegations and they followed up on the information. The traffic officials were arrested shortly thereafter after being found in possession of the money which was allegedly handed over as payment."
Briefly.co.za has reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele said police management had so far received 38 complaints against SAPS members in the first week of the ongoing three-week lockdown in the country.
"We are saying to the community that if there are police that break the law, we will arrest them. But we are also calling on the community to respect the police, respect the law."
The lockdown is aimed at flattening the coronavirus curve in the country.
Cele also revealed that police have received an alarming 87 000 calls related to gender based violence since the beginning of the 21-day national lockdown.
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