Traffic officers bust in 'R2 500 bribe'
TWO Limpopo traffic officers found themselves on the wrong side of the law after they were arrested for allegedly accepting bribes.
The two were arrested by the Modimolle police on charges of corruption allegedly committed along the N1 freeway about two weeks ago.
The arrest follows an incident in which a motorist was stopped on the N1 freeway near Modimolle. It was discovered the motorist had no valid driver's licence.
It is alleged the two then solicited a bribe of about R2500 from the motorist.
Apparently, the victim was ordered to pay R2500 at about 1.30am on November 10 to avoid being arrested for driving without a valid driver's licence.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Malesela Ledwaba said the motorist reportedly had only R1000 on him at the time.
He said the two then escorted the man to an ATM for him to withdraw the "outstandingbalance".
He said the matter was brought to the attention of the police, who then investigated.
The investigations resulted in the arrest of the two officers.
They appeared in court and were each granted bail of R2000 and had their case postponed to December 11.
"The arrest happened after a tip-off by members of the public who felt that what the traffic cops had done was against the law," said Ledwaba.
He identified the two as Henrietta Matsetela, 29, and Ronald Mototoka, 27.
Ledwaba also appealed to communities to report criminal or corrupt incidents involving law enforcement officers to theirnearest police station.
"We believe people out there must continue to have confidence in our services for us and them to enjoy smooth working relations.
"And if we allow our members to engage in criminal activities then the whole society is heading for doom," Ledwaba said.