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Traffic officers arrested for bribery

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The two traffic officers who were arrested by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit, with the help of the Hawks, during a sting operation last week are expected to appear in the Temba Magistrate Court today.

The pair allegedly demanded a bribe of R5 000 from a truck driver to release an impounded truck.

A spokesperson at the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), Simon Zwane, said that the officers allegedly stopped a truck on the R101 last Tuesday and impounded it for reasons that remain unclear.

Zwane said that they then demanded the money from the driver to release the vehicle. An arrangement was then made for the money to be delivered to the suspects at Makapanstad traffic offices.

The incident was reported to the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit where the Hawks helped to set up a sting operation to apprehend the duo.

“The suspects were arrested soon after receiving the money and have been held at Makapanstad police station. They are scheduled to appear at the Temba Magistrate Court on Monday,” Zwane said.

Mpumalanga administration clerks dismissed

Meanwhile, in Mpumalanga, two admin clerks at Lekwa Licensing Authority in Standerton, Sandy Freddah Manana and Llody Mildred Townsend, were dismissed after an internal disciplinary hearing found them guilty of gross dishonesty and fraud.

The two were caught for misrepresenting information on the eNatis system by unlawfully changing the particulars of a vehicle owner to a bogus dealership, to evade payment of full licensing fees that were due to the licensing authority.

Zwane said the State had lost around R4 million in revenue from these transactions.

“It is, however, believed that fraud and corruption at Lekwa Licensing Authority cost the State more than R50 million in unpaid fees and penalties.”

Manana and Townsend are among the eight officials who were arrested at the licensing authority in August last year. They are still on trial at the Middelburg Magistrate Court on similar charges and are expected to appear before a judge on 11 December 2020.

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