Three metro cops ar­rested after cor­rup­tion and bribery in­ci­dent

Of­fi­cials ‘so­licited’ R20k from Con­golese na­tional

Sowetan - - News - By Prom­ise Maru­peng

Three Jo­han­nes­burg Metro Po­lice De­part­ment (JMPD) of­fi­cers were nabbed yes­ter­day for al­leged bribery and cor­rup­tion at the Wem­mer com­plex in Selby.

The of­fi­cers al­legedly so­licited a bribe from a Con­golese shop owner in Hill­brow, Jo­han­nes­burg, a week ago.

Jo­han­nes­burg metro po­lice spokesper­son Wayne Min­naar said the of­fi­cers al­legedly de­manded a R20,000 bribe from the shop owner who had been sus­pected of man­u­fac­tur­ing fake ID doc­u­ments at his place of busi­ness.

Min­naar said the shop owner could only pay R5,000 at the time and promised to set­tle the bal­ance later.

The man then re­ported the mat­ter to the JMPD’s in­ter­nal af­fairs unit.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was then con­ducted and it con­firmed that the of­fi­cers in ques­tion were in­deed part of the al­leged crim­i­nal act.

Min­naar said the sus­pects – two women and a man – could face dis­missal after a pro­ce­du­ral in­quiry.

“They were be­ing de­tained at the Hill­brow po­lice sta­tion where they were charged,” said Min­naar, adding that three other of­fi­cers will also be ar­rested on the same charge when they re­turn from leave.

“The JMPD will not tol­er­ate cor­rup­tion and we will ar­rest and dis­miss any of­fi­cial who goes against the ex­pected con­duct,” he said.

Min­naar said that since De­cem­ber, 19 of­fi­cials have been sus­pended after be­ing charged in­ter­nally for var­i­ous cor­rup­tion and mis­con­duct of­fences.

In­ter­nal af­fairs spokesper­son Sam Seth­agu said of­fi­cers are re­cruited and placed to serve and pro­tect the pub­lic – not to pro­mote cor­rup­tion and take money from cit­i­zens.

/SANDILE NDLOVU

JPMD of­fi­cers are es­corted to a car after be­ing ar­rested for de­mand­ing a bribe from a man al­leged to man­u­fac­ture fake IDs in Hill­brow.

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