Two members of the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) and four
traffic officers in Mpumalanga have been arrested during an anti-corruption
drive in the province.
Two members of the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) and four traffic officers in Mpumalanga have been arrested during an anti-corruption drive in the province.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says in a statement the Hawks swooped down on the suspects after investigations by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit concluded the officers allegedly took bribes while on duty next to the roads during the 2018/19 festive season.
“It is alleged that the officers took bribes from motorists travelling on different route including the N14 and R40 in December 2018 and January 2019. The two routes are have been identified as the top hazardous routes in the country contributing a high number of fatal crashes. Mpumalanga recorded 172 fatalities during the 2018/19 festive period,” reads the statement.
A traffic officer has been arrested for allegedly taking a meagre bribe from a taxi driver.
The latest arrests were made in Komatipoort, KwaMhlanga and Middelburg.
Three of the suspects appeared in the Komatipoort Magistrates Court yesterday and granted bail, while the rest of the group will face similar charges in the Middelburg Magistrates Court on Monday.
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