Two Bust over bribe

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Reporter news@in­

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.

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