The MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said that “mystery buyers” appearing as ordinary motorists will attempt to catch those corrupt traffic officers on Gauteng roads who demand bribes, using their uniforms for criminal acts. Many of these officers who take these bribes were found to be recently out of college.
During an anti-corruption training event, Nkosi-Malobane told officers that, “We pay you, so please buy your own cooldrinks.
“No one owes you a cooldrink. What they need from you is to respect them.”
According to IOL, the MEC added that some of these officers expressed arrogant attitudes and did not respect taxpayers who paid for their college tuition.
“Taxpayers invested in what you are today, so you owe it to them to make sure you give them good service. Some of you are arrogant after being caught doing bribes, and you don’t deserve their respect,” she said.
She continued by touching on corruption, mentioning that since December 2016 there had been “more than 17” arrests of police officers and some dismissals from the department, while others were currently on suspension, IOL adds.
SAPS Gauteng disciplinary officer Captain Solomon Monyamane said: “Internal hearings will take place, and if found guilty, remedial steps will be taken against them.
“If found guilty for an admission of a serious misconduct, you will be dismissed. But if you are found not guilty, then you will be admitted back again and retained.”