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Another cop nabbed for graft


ANOTHER North West traffic officer was arrested on Saturday for soliciting bribes, bringing to two the number of provincial officers nabbed in anti-corruption stings in a week, the Road Traffic Management Corporatio­n (RTMC) said yesterday. The officer was caught by an undercover agent of the national Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit on the N12 between Wolmaranss­tad and Klerksdorp, RTMC spokesman Simon Zwane said. The officer, who was allegedly using a speed enforcemen­t operation to solicit R100 bribes from motorists, was due to appear in court today. On Wednesday, a North West traffic officer was arrested when he allegedly solicited a bribe from an undercover anti-corruption agent in Klerksdorp. Zwane said the RTMC had prioritise­d anti-corruption measures in an effort to improve compliance with road rules and reduce lawlessnes­s. Sergeant Sebo Mathabatha of the Tshwane metro police department was arrested last month for soliciting a R100 bribe from an undercover agent. She appeared in the Cullinan Magistrate’s Court. Another traffic officer, Oupa Mashiya, attached to Emfuleni municipali­ty, is on trial in Vanderbijl­park for soliciting bribes. The public can report corruption and reckless driving on 0861 400 800. – ANA

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