TMPD stands against corruption
It would seem that 2015 is not off to a good start for those making and (supposedly) enforcing the law … You may have just read about the cries of foul play regarding the national festive season road fatality statistics, and now two Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) officers are in hot water for trying to solicit a bribe from Crime Line head Yusuf Abramjee.
Abramjee was stopped by TMPD officers for speeding on Monday, January 5, on the R55 in Centurion, Gauteng. One of these officers proceeded to solicit a bribe from him. Abramjee refused to pay. The officer then refused to let Abramjee see the speed reading when he requested to do so.
The two officers were arrested following a sting operation by Tshwane Metro Police Internal Affairs department, after Abramjee reported the incident to Tshwane City Manager, Jason Ngobeni. They now face criminal charges and suspension.
According to the Pretoria News, the two officers were recruited less than a year ago and have been soliciting bribes together for some time. They were found with R710 and R1 200 on their persons.
Howard Dembovsky, national chairman of the Justice Project South Africa has commended Ambramjee and the TMPD for their stand against corruption. “This should stand as testimony that the City of Tshwane and its Metro Police Department do not tolerate corruption, and set an example for other Metros to follow,” he states.
“Members of the public are urged to do the responsible thing and report the solicitation of bribes immediately, instead of paying them,” Dembovsky advises.
Matters of corruption can be reported to:
Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) – 0800 203 712
Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) – 0808 749 263
Gauteng Provincial Traffic Police – 0800 701 701
National Traffic Police – 0861 400 800
10111, should none of the above numbers be on hand at the time.