Traffic officer in court for corruption

A Gauteng traffic officer is due to appear in the Pretoria commercial crimes court this morning on charges of corruption and extortion.

The 57-year-old man, who carries the rank of principal provincial inspector, was arrested in a joint sting operation led by the Road Traffic Management Corporation's (RTMC) National Traffic Ant-Corruption Unit.

The arrest followed a complaint received by the RTMC's hotline with allegations that the officer was removing motor vehicle licence discs and taking driving licences from motorists on the pretext that they had committed a traffic offence.

The victims would then allegedly be instructed to deliver a sum of money ranging from R1500 to the officer at the regional offices of the provincial traffic department in exchange for their documents, RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said on Sunday.

A number of driving licences and motor vehicle discs were found during a search conducted at his offices.

Zwane said attempts will now be made to obtain statements from owners of these documents.

Source: South African Government News Agency