FS Hawks operations yield positive results against corruption

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A 41-year-old traffic officer was arrested on Thursday, 26 March 2020 for alleged corruption during a crackdown operation by members of the Serious Corruption Investigation in conjunction with the SAPS Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit and Crime Intelligence.

According to the Hawks, the arrest followed an undercover operation. “It emerged that the traffic officer allegedly demanded money from a truck driver in order not to issue him with a fine for not complying with his transport load permit. The matter was reported to the Hawks and it was alleged that the traffic official contacted the investigating officer and handed over R10 000 to the Hawks member, to drop the case against him. He was arrested on the spot and he is expected to appear in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court,” said Hawks Spokesperson, Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 the Serious Commercial Crime Investigating in Bethlehem acted on information from a resident about a traffic official who claimed that he can arrange a fraudulent motorbike license for the resident’s son for a fee.

“During a controlled police operation, the complainant met with the traffic official in Bethlehem and presented the suspect with R4000. The suspect aged 54 was arrested. It was discovered that the suspect was a bogus traffic official who wanted to scam the complainant,” added Steyn.

The suspect is expected to appear before the Bethlehem Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 30 March 2020.

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