Cops in dock for so­lic­it­ing bribe

The Mercury - - METRO - African New Agency

TWO Westville po­lice of­fi­cers ap­peared in the Pine­town Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day on charges of bribery and cor­rup­tion.

Po­lice spokesper­son Bri­gadier Jay Naicker said the sergeant and con­sta­ble, aged 31 and 42 re­spec­tively, were ar­rested on Tues­day while on duty.

Naicker said they al­legedly pulled over a truck on Es­sex Ter­race in Westville and found that its disc had ex­pired and its pas­sen­gers were for­eign­ers.

“The sergeant and con­sta­ble al­legedly de­manded cash from the driver in­stead of deal­ing with the trans­gres­sions. The truck driver con­tacted his em­ployer ask­ing him to de­posit the cash by e-wal­let.

“The po­lice of­fi­cers then drove to a lo­cal mall with the truck driver to with­draw the money.”

Naicker said the truck driver’s em­ployer con­tacted the Westville po­lice sta­tion and po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rested their col­leagues as they at­tempted to with­draw the cash.

Their firearms were con­fis­cated, and they were held in cus­tody at Westville po­lice sta­tion.

Act­ing provin­cial com­mis­sioner, Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Nh­lanhla Mkhwanazi, com­mended the Westville po­lice for ar­rest­ing two of their own for cor­rup­tion.

“I wish to con­vey my thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the owner of the truck who must be ap­plauded for not suc­cumb­ing to the urge to es­cape ac­count­abil­ity by pay­ing a bribe.

“We need more hon­est ci­ti­zens such as him that are will­ing to work with au­thor­i­ties to get rid of cor­rupt gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees. We, as the po­lice, detest cor­rup­tion and we will not hes­i­tate even for a sec­ond to ar­rest our own that are ac­cused of cor­rup­tion. Those who do not act against cor­rup­tion when it is brought to their at­ten­tion will also face the full might of the law.

“We cer­tainly do not need such in­di­vid­u­als within the ranks of the SAPS. I also com­mend those up­right po­lice of­fi­cers that re­sponded to the re­port of cor­rup­tion and acted de­ci­sively in this case,” said Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Mkhwanazi. |

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