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'Corrupt' traffic officer and drunk policeman' arrested in two incidents

By Riot Hlatshwayo | Mar 24, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A MPUMALANGA traffic officer and policeman were arrested for corruption and driving under the influence of alcohol, respectively, on Monday.

The police inspector was stopped by traffic officers on Monday night at KaNyamazane, outside Nelspruit.

He tried, unsuccessfully, to convince the officers that he was a colleague and should not be scrutinised. They nevertheless used a breathalyser on him and found he was over the legal alcohol limit.

The officer is expected to appear in court soon.

In another incident a traffic cop was arrested after accepting a R500 bribe from a taxi owner. The taxi owner was unaware that he was under surveillance.

Mpumalanga police organised crime unit spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said the traffic cop stopped a taxi driver and accused him of driving on a route he had no permit for.

Hlathi said: "The suspect told the taxi driver that the fine for his offence would be R2500 but that if he could give him R500 he would allow him to proceed with his journey.

"The driver said he did not have money in his possession but wanted permission to contact the owner of the minibus he was driving."

He said when the taxi owner heard this he went straight to White River police station to explain the whole scenario.

The police immediately made arrangements to set a trap and accompanied the owner to the scene.

A cop remained in a vehicle with tinted windows, watching the whole transaction. The traffic officer allegedly said the money was not enough and he wanted another R500.

When the police pounced on him the traffic cop allegedly told them they had not identified themselves and as such could not arrest him. He then ran into nearby bushes and threw the money away.

He was immediately arrested and is expected to appear in court soon.


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