An alleged extortionist who plied his trade at a Johannesburg testing station bit off more than he could chew yesterday when he approached the wrong person.
The man, who called himself Ludwig Shiburi, was arrested after he tried his luck on Nuku Nonyane of the Independent Complaints Directorate, a Chapter 10 institution established under the SAPS Act.
The IDC investigates complaints against members of the SAPS and the municipality police service.
Nonyane is a monitor at the IDC.
In a statement, Nonyane said she was standing in a queue with scores of other people to pay for her learner's licence at the Langlaagte testing station when Shiburi approached and offered her a position upfront if she paid him R100.
Johannesburg Metro police department spokesman Edna Mamonyane said: "The complainant reported him to the station manager and was also able to point him out. We then arrested him."
Mamonyane said Shiburi had approached several people, promising to save them from long winding queues at the station.
"The police will investigate whether he had been colluding with anyone in the department," said Mamonyane.
She also said Shiburi had previously worked for a security company that had earlier been contracted to the department.
"I appeal to any member of the public not to let anyone misled them by saying they are employed by the department.
"Our officials work behind the counters and people should follow procedures," said Mamonyane.
Shiburi, with blood-shot eyes, denied that he was extorting money.
He said he worked as a photographer outside the station's premises.