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An elaborate corruption syndicate involving officers at KwaZulu-Natal road traffic inspectorate at Newcastle centre was exposed after a senior officer was arrested for attempting to extract a bribe last week.
Roshin Briam, 36, was arrested by police after he allegedly ordered a truck-driver and his assistant from Zambia to pay a bribe of R1000 for failing to display a registration plate on their vehicle.
It is alleged Briam led the truck-driver to park at the inspectorate's premises while waiting for his employer to deposit the money.
Police spokesman Captain Shooz Magudulela said Briam was arrested after the two foreigners alerted other officers about Briam's plan.
"Briam allegedly took R500 from the truck driver because his employer took too long to deposit the demanded amount. Police arrested Briam on the premises while he was allegedly waiting for the money to be deposited into his account.
"Briam was charged with corruption", said Magudulela.
It is alleged that traffic officers regularly stop foreign truck drivers between Newcastle and Ladysmith heading to Durban.
The trucks are first inspected and, when the officers identify faults, they impose fines, but demand bribes before freeing the drivers.
Once paid, the officers allegedly split the bribes among themselves.
Briam appeared briefly in court last week and was released on R1000 bail.