Nine traffic officers in hot water for corruption

South Africa – Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Nine traffic officers have been arrested in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in a pre-festive season peak travel crackdown on fraud and corruption, said the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Wednesday .

This as two officers from the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) in Gauteng were arrested for soliciting a bribe of R1 500 from a taxi driver .

During the encounter, the driver immediately alerted the RTMC’s National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit (NTACU) and a successful sting operation was conducted, resulting in the arrest of the officers .

The officers are set to appear in court today on corruption charges .

In another case, seven officers were arrested in Newcastle .

The seven include five traffic officers employed by the provincial Road Traffic Inspectorate and two officers from the Newcastle municipality .

They were arrested in a joint operation conducted by NTACU and the Hawks following complaints from members of the public regarding the conduct of traffic officers on the road .

An undercover operation was conducted and the seven were arrested for fraud and corruption .

According to the RTMC, these incidents highlight the ongoing battle against corruption in South Africa, particularly within law enforcement agencies .

The NTACU continues to work tirelessly to root out corrupt officials and restore public trust in traffic law enforcement .

“It is important for citizens to report all corruption they witness or experience to ensure corrupt officials are brought to book,” said the RTMC .

It added that it has taken a firm stance against fraud and corruption and will continue to investigate and prosecute those who engage in such activities without fear or favour .

Members of the public are encouraged to report suspected acts of fraud, corruption and malfeasance to ntacu@rtmc .

co .

za or by WhatsApp to 083 293 7989 .

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