Cops in dock for soliciting bribe
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. |