Driver sentenced to jail for trying to bribe traffic cops

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    The Atteridgeville regional court has fined a driver for trying to bribe traffic cops with R200.

    ”The driver was stopped for driving an un-roadworthy vehicle on a public road. He offered the officers a R200 bribe to avoid receiving a traffic fine. He was arrested immediately and charged with bribery,” said the RTMC. 

    On Monday, “the court found him guilty of the charge and sentenced him to six months imprisonment or a R3,000 fine. He was further given a three-year sentence suspended for five years.” Thabani Nqakula was arrested by members of the national traffic police (NTP) in January this year. 

    Zwane said the national traffic police have arrested about 50 motorists for bribery since the start of 2019.

    “Our traffic officers are no longer prepared to have their good name tarnished by motorists who are not prepared to obey the rules of the road.”

    “This conviction will send a message to motorists that they can no longer break traffic laws with impunity. Our traffic officers are no longer prepared to have their good names tarnished by motorists who are not prepared to obey the rules of the road,” said RTMC CEO.
     
    He called on traffic officers to show “zero tolerance to anyone who attempted to corrupt them”.