A suspect was arrested on Friday, 23 November 2018, for soliciting an R6 000 bribe from a resident in Larochelle, South of Johannesburg.
The suspect is expected to appear in Court on Monday, 26 November 2018. He will be charged for fraud and extortion.
It is alleged that the complainant’s account was in arrears and she approached the City’s Revenue department to make payment arrangements. Whilst she was busy trying to sort out her account the suspect approached her and offered to assist writing off the arrears on the account.
The suspect told the resident that they would write off her debt provided that he pays R6 000.
The resident agreed to pay the money to the suspect. The resident then informed the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS) team which set up a sting operation together with the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).
I have also learned that these suspects are working with officials from the Revenue Department. More arrests are imminent.
I would like to commend the resident who refused to be part of any corrupt activity and reported the matter to our team which acted swiftly to deal with the matter.
Corruption has no place in this administration and we will work tirelessly, and in collaboration with law enforcement agencies, to ensure that the residents of Johannesburg receive the quality services they deserve.