Traffic officers remain behind bars after allegedly robbing a motorist on N1

Two traffic officers from the Lengua Testing Centre in Bloemfontein remain in custody after they allegedly robbed a motorist on the N1 outside the city.

Wandisile Tape and Tefo Ephraim Lisanyane, both 36, appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court this week on charges of theft and defeating the ends of justice. Police spokesperson, Loraine Earl says they were arrested at about 17:45 following an investigation. This comes after the traffic officers pulled over a businessman travelling to Gauteng near Glen. According to her the business man was stopped for an alleged traffic violation. The traffic officer took the business man to the Glen Police Station so they can issue him with a fine. Earl says on arrival at the police station the business man registered a case of theft alleging the officer searched the boot of his car and took a bag om money.

The complainant is a Johannesburg based business man that was in Bloemfontein for business.

He was on his way back to Johannesburg when the accused traffic officers allegedly stopped his vehicle.

Earl says the suspects will remain behind bars and are expected to apply for bail on April 18. The police investigation continues and the state will oppose bail.

According to a reliable source about R100 00 is missing from the businessman’s car. He was allegedly on his way to buy stock in Johannesburg.

OFM News earlier this week reported while the traffic officers inspected the businessman’s car another car pulled over and the traffic officers claimed the businessman was travelling in a stolen car and did not have the correct number plates.

At one stage the businessman allegedly became suspicious and drove away, followed by the officers in their official car. The other car that initially pulled over was part of the pursuit. The officers eventually managed to pull the businessman’s car over. He was arrested for allege reckless and negligent driving and taken to the Glen Police Station.

According to information the traffic officers left the man handcuffed at the station and drove off.

The Department of Police, Roads and Transport has not yet commented on the arrests.

OFM News/Christal-Lize Muller & Mark Steenbok