Fraud and corruption

Fraud and corruption still a big issue within the law enforcement agencies in Gauteng

Asiphe Cokile

The office of the Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane is inundated with reports of perverse incentives solicited from motorists on daily basis.
This was revealed by the MEC recently. At first, she conceded that, these immoral acts, are the most gigantic issues the country faced.
Furthermore, she argued that these two problems undermine the stability of any country and warned that officers involved in these hideous incidents are stealing from the poor.
“I must also emphasize that for these acts to manifest, there must be a corrupter and a corruptee, and my office is besieged with reports on a daily basis of traffic officers who solicit bribes from motorists for various offences ranging from excessive speeding, reckless and negligent driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and vehicle defects” said Malobane.
She pointed out that, most cases are also not seeing the light of the judiciary system due to dockets going missing.
“This results in cases being thrown out of court due to insufficient evidence as a result of deliberate poor investigation all in the name of extorting money from perpetrators.”
Kate Lorimer, Democratic Alliance, shadow MEC for Safety and Security, told this publication that, the levels of corruption in Law enforcement agencies, particularly the Metro Police Departments is, to all accounts, extremely high.
“Members of the public do not trust and are often scared of law enforcement officers who solicit bribes under threat of arrest.
The SAPS and the Gauteng Department of Community Safety should be running undercover sting operations on an ongoing basis to
catch these crooked cops. Once arrested they must be convicted, sentenced and never allowed to be law enforcement officers again.”

Only with a “No Tolerance” approach will corruption be beaten

Did you know?
To report any fraud and corruption, you can contact the following departments.
• South African Police Service 080010111
• President Hotline 17737
• Premier Hotline 08604288364
• Tshwane Metro Police Department 0808749263
• Johannesburg Metro Police Department 0800203712
• Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department 0800102201

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