Two Bust over bribe
The City of johannesburg, under the leadership of Cllr Herman Mashaba has yet again stood firm in its fight against criminal elements, after a City Power contractor and his accomplice were arrested in Rosettenville for soliciting a bribe of R5 000 from a resident in Turffontein.
The suspects were arrested by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), working together with investigators from the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) department.
One of the suspects is an official from an independent contractor who provides electricity disconnection services to City Power. His accomplice is a member of the public masquerading as a City Power official.
It is alleged that the suspects approached a customer whose account was in arrears and threatened to disconnect power supply to his property. To prevent this, they demanded a bribe of R5000. The customer agreed to pay the bribe but also informed investigators from GFIS before paying it.
A sting operation was then set up by JMPD and GFIS investigators, which led to the arrest of the suspects.
“I was informed that the suspects had in their possession 50 municipal accounts belonging to various clients. It’s a clear indication that these suspects are working with officials from the City who are providing them with the list of accounts that are in arrears,” said City of Johannesburg Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba.
The Mayor has also lauded the effort shown by the resident who refused to be part of any corrupt activity and reported the matter to City officials.
“Corruption has no place in this administration and we will work tirelessly, and in collaboration with law enforcement agencies, to ensure that it is eradicated and that residents of Johannesburg receive the quality services they deserve,” Mashaba concluded.
Residents who suspect any criminal activity are encouraged to report any fraud and corruption by visiting the GFIS offices situated at 48 Ameshoff Street in Braamfontein.