Traffic Officers get warnings after probe into ‘speeding bribe’ video

Traffic Officers get warnings after probe into ‘speeding bribe’ video

Four traffic officers who were filmed while allegedly soliciting a bribe from a motorist are back at work.

Mpumalanga community safety MEC Pat Ngomane said on Wednesday that he had reinstated the officers after initially placing them on precautionary suspension in January.

“The four officers resumed work on February 20 2019 after the completion of an internal investigation by the department into the matter,” Ngomane’s office said in a statement.

The incident was recorded by motorist Lindelani Shezi and shared on social media.

He claimed to have been driving between Ermelo and Nelspruit when he was stopped by the officers, accused of speeding and told to collect a R1,500 fine.

“Then I was asked if I will really take the R1,500 fine or do I have money on me. I refused to pay the bribe. I asked him to show me the speed recording on the camera which he could not, then I felt I was being taken for a ride in Mpumalanga with my KZN-registered vehicle,” Shezi said at the time.

“I opted to record this whole thing. I was threatened, assaulted and the traffic officer refused to give back my licence nor to write me the fine. I informed them I will lay charges at the nearest Badplaas police station, they even told me where the police station is. They had their identity name tags hidden,” he said.

Shezi claimed to have gone to the police station to open a case.

“When I got to the police station, a police office refused to open the case of assault, attempted bribery and theft. These traffic officers then emerged at the police station, went inside the charge office at the back office and then came out, went into their car and one of them brought back my driver’s licence to me. They tried to threaten me at the police station and I refused to be intimidated,” he said.

This morning as I was driving from Ermelo to Nelspruit, I was stopped by traffic police and asked for a license, checked the car and then suddenly told I was over-speeding and I must come and get my R1500 fine. Ok🤔Then I was asked if I will really take the R1500 fine or do I have money on me. I refused to pay the bribe. I asked him to show me the over-speeding recording on the camera which he could not, then I felt I was being taken for a ride in Mpumalanga with my KZN-registered vehicle. I opted to record this whole thing. I was threatened, assaulted and the traffic officer refused to give back my license nor to write me the fine. I informed them I will lay charges at the nearest Badplaas police station, they even told me where the police station is. They had their identity name tags hidden. When I got to the police station a police office refused to open the case of assault, attempted bribery and theft. These traffic officers then emerged at the police station, went inside the charge office at the back office and then came out, went into their car and one of them brought back my driver’s license to me. They tried to threaten me at the police station and I refused to be intimidated.After 24 years of freedom, 1. no South African deserves to be humilated like I was. 2. We must refused to be coerced into paying bribes! 3. We must refused poor service at the hands of police officials. The SAPS police official who refused to open a case for me saying he can’t open a case against a police official committed a crime of defeating the ends of justice by protecting traffic offices from facing justice; he is an accomplice.On behalf of the many innocent citizens who fall prey to these ruthless corrupt and arrogant public officials, I am taking this upon me to contribute to the fight against corruption in the public service. My fight against this behavior is about restoration of confidence and trust in our government. It is officials like these with loose morals who tarnish the name of our government. When a member of the public suffers at the hands of such rotten elements, it is easy for people to say this is how government is treating people instead of isolating these elements from the good-meaning public servants. I am doing this for the weak, for the vulnerable and for the defenseless. I am not only exposing these characters but also taking them on throughout the justice system. I have opened a case against them. Police management and IPID must also act against the police officer who refused to open a case against his traffic colleagues. I say “not in the name of our government, not in that uniform shall we allow this” Let us join hands to put a stop in this!! Enough is enough 💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿

Posted by Lindelani Shezi on Thursday, 10 January 2019

Shezi’s video of the incident went viral with more than a million views.

Ngomane said the officers were found to have contravened the public service code of conduct.

Three of them were issued with warnings while the fourth is yet to undergo a formal disciplinary hearing.

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