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Notorious Umvoti traffic cop gets four years in jail for corruption

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An Umvoti Traffic Official, Dumisani Mchunu (45) notorious for giving truckers a hard time in Greytown has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for corruption.

Several truck drivers have aired their complaints on social media about how Mchunu made life difficult even for the smallest problems.

“Bad cops don’t deserve to be on the road, this man gave me a hard time for a mud flap that was not fixed on the truck because it came off when I got stuck in the mud. I had it with me and was on my way to the yard to get it fitted but he couldn’t listen,”

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“He demanded money which I didn’t have and he ended up issuing a fine instead,” read one comment from social media.

Mchunu’s luck ran out when he demanded a R10 000 bribe from a motorist who quickly alerted the Hawks who successfully trapped and netted the corrupt cop back in March.

The Greytown regional court convicted and sentenced the former Umvoti municipality traffic officer to four years’ imprisonment for corruption.

According to a statement released by the Hawks, Mchunu demanded R10 000 gratification after he claimed that the license disc of the complainant’s vehicle was fraudulent.

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“The complainant reported the matter to the Hawks members from the Durban Serious Corruption Investigation Unit and an undercover operation was conducted on March 3,” read the statement.

Read also: Traffic officer nabbed for taking a sheep carcass as a bribe from trucker

It added that Mchunu was arrested at his place of employment and charged with corruption.

“He appeared in court several times until he was convicted and sentenced,” read the statement.

Mchunu was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, half of which will be served under correctional supervision.

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