Traf­fic of­fi­cers on bribery rap not sus­pended yet

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - SABELO NSELE • sabelo.nsele@wit­

MSUN­DUZI Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has con­firmed that two traf­fic of­fi­cers ar­rested last week by the Hawks on al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, have not yet been sus­pended.

The City said, how­ever, the polic­ing pow­ers of the two men have been taken away pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions. They will re­main at the traf­fic depart­ment but will be on desk duty pend­ing the out­come of in­quiries.

Msun­duzi traf­fic of­fi­cers We­lani Zondi (32) and Siph­e­sihle Zulu (26) were ar­rested by the Hawks Se­ri­ous Cor­rup­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tions unit mem­bers last Tues­day in con­nec­tion with al­le­ga­tions that they so­licited a bribe from a mo­torist in the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg area.

They ap­peared briefly in the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Re­gional Court on Wed­nes­day and were granted R1 000 bail each.

Msun­duzi mu­nic­i­pal risk man­ager Kwenza Khu­malo told The Wit­ness on Fri­day the pair had not been sus­pended yet. He said they had been charged un­der the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Act, which he said was an in­de­pen­dent process from Msun­duzi’s own in­ter­nal pro­cesses.

“As a gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tion, we use the Labour Re­la­tions Act. At the mo­ment, we have not charged them. We are go­ing to do our own in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It is not a sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tion and it will not take long.”

Khu­malo said they will only de­cide af­ter the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s own in­ves­ti­ga­tion whether to sus­pend, dis­miss or sub­ject the two to a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

He said the two men still needed to ap­pear be­fore man­age­ment to ex­plain what had hap­pened.

The polic­ing pow­ers of the two had been taken away in the mean­time and they will not be in a po­si­tion to is­sue any fines, he said.

KZN Hawks spokesper­son Cap­tain Sim­phiwe Mhlongo said the men were charged for al­legedly de­mand­ing that a mo­torist pay a bribe to se­cure the re­lease of his ve­hi­cle, which was im­pounded. “An un­der­cover op­er­a­tion was con­ducted and the two were ar­rested,” he said.

They are charged with cor­rup­tion for al­legedly tak­ing money from the mo­torist to se­cure the re­lease of his ve­hi­cle.

“... We [Msun­duzi] are go­ing to do our own in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It is not a sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tion and it will not take long.”

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