The National Prosecuting Authority has decided to prosecute two Tshwane traffic cops for allegedly demanding and receiving a bribe from a motorist who contravened traffic laws in the Tshwane central business district (CBD). It’s alleged the officers, a male and female, were criminally investigated by the serious corruption investigation unit after allegations emerged that they demanded and received a R1 200 bribe from a motorist on September 22 2021. They have been summoned to appear at the Pretoria magistrate’s court on November 11 on a charge of corruption.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha on Wednesday said the motorist had allegedly parked a vehicle along Andries Street in the CBD and upon her return, she noticed a Tshwane Metro Police Department truck towing the vehicle. The accused allegedly to the complainant to bring R1 200 in cash after 17:00, when their commander would have knocked off in order to get her vehicle.

Ramovha said that the motorist swiftly alerted the Hawks about the alleged bribery demand. The Hawks wanted to set up a sting operation to nail them but failed because the court did not authorise it on time. The payment was consequently made later that day and no arrests were affected as the operation was not authorised by the court on time.

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