07 April 2021
Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE
A 56 year old Captain from SAPS Johannesburg Public Order Policing was arrested on Monday after he demanded a R100 bribe from an undercover agent while in another incident a 45 year old traffic officer from Randfontein Public Safety was arrested for demanding a R200 bribe from another under cover agent.
“The Captain, who was the Shift Commander conducted an unauthorised road block with his members at Observatory Street and Steyn Street, he stopped an undercover vehicle, demanded a driving licence of which the agent didn’t produce.” said Ndileka Cola the IPID Spokesperson.
“The Captain demanded bribery of R100.00 and an entrapment cash was handed over to him.” Cola added.
Cola highlighted that the Captain was arrested and detained at Yeoville Police Station and he is set to appear at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The arrest is part of the Joint Sting Operation of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, SAPS Anti-Corruption and National Traffic Anti-Corruption. IPID is investigating this case.
In a similar incident, another Easter Sting Operation conducted by the Gauteng SAPS Anti-Corruption, Independent Police Investigate Directorate (IPID) and National Traffic Anti-Corruption on Friday, a 45 year old traffic officer from Randfontein Public Safety was arrested for for corruption.
“The officer was operating a speed camera where he stopped an undercover vehicle. He solicited a R200.00 bribe and was arrested on the spot for corruption and he has been detained at Randfontein Police Station,” Cola added.
The Randfontein Anti-corruption unit will handle this case as the arrested law enforcement officer is neither SAPS nor MPS, thus it falls outside the mandate of IPID.
Meanwhile, a senior Traffic Officer officer, Thembisile Octavia Yende from Msukalikwa Local Municipality appeared in the Ermelo Magistrate Court last week facing a charge of corruption.
Hawks’ official Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase said then that Yende was arrested by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation team.
“Yende was arrested by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation team and is the second traffic officer in the area to be charged on corruption. Their arrest followed several complains received about the law enforcement officers who were allegedly soliciting bribes from the public who committed traffic offences,” Nkwalase said.