The two officers aged 29 and 30, were arrested by members of the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit and the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) on Tuesday 01 May2018 after allegedly accepting a R200 bribe from a motorist who made an illegal U-turn on R101 in Mookgopong.
Over 20 traffic officials have been arrested in Limpopo for corruption since December 2017 through operation “Siyabangena”, which is aimed at addressing corrupt traffic officials in the province
RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said RTMC welcomes the arrest and shows that no one is above the law.
“Traffic officers are reminded that their duty is to save lives and not to use their uniform as a license to solicit bribes” Zwane said
“Members of the NTP had been deployed in Limpopo to assist in controlling high traffic volumes and ensuring safety on the roads over the long weekend” Zwane adds
Zwane said bribery and corruption is a major concern in traffic law enforcement and undermines efforts aimed at reducing road crashes, injuries, and fatalities
He said the two will also face internal disciplinary charges from the RTMC for bringing the Corporation into disrepute.
Meanwhile Limpopo department of Transport and Community Safety spokesperson Matome Moremi- Taueatsoala said MEC Makoma Makhurupetje has declared the province a zero tolerance for people who are found on the wrong side of the law especially on the roads
The two are expected to appear in the Mookgopong Magistrate’s court on Thursday 03 May 2018