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Constable arrested for a bribe

Written by More Matshediso
A Constable from Sydenham Police Station in Durban has been arrested for corruption after he demanded R10 000 to make a fraud case go away. 

This is according to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) which made the arrest possible.Police officers and members of law enforcement agencies should remember that it is against the law to take bribes.

IPID National Spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the Constable was arrested on Wednesday when he tried to collect money from the complainant in an entrapment operation.

“It is alleged that the complainant was being investigated for a fraud case which had been withdrawn in court for lack of evidence. The suspect threatened to resuscitate the case and demanded the bribe in return for making the case disappear permanently,” said Dlamini.

He said the complainant reported the extortion to the IPID and the arrest was executed when the Constable attempted to collect the money he had demanded.

The suspect appeared at the Durban Magistrates Court on Thursday to face a charge of corruption.

Dlamini said police officers and members of the law enforcement agencies should remember that it is against the law to take bribes as they are the ones expected to fight against crime and corruption.

“Asking for a bribe defeats the purpose of fighting crime and corruption. It is against the law and police should know that they will face the consequences if they take bribes from members of the public for any reason,” he said.

“Members of the public should also know that it is wrong to initiate bribes to police officials or members of the law enforcement agencies, and if they are being asked for bribes they should report the matter to the IPID,” he added.

How you can help fight corruption

Corruption is a crime and can be reported to the police. A number of hotlines and helplines have been created by government to ensure that you can pass on information without having to reveal your identity.

You can pass on any information you may have without having to give your name or personal details. If the information helps in the positive investigation of a criminal case, you may be entitled to a reward. Call the Crime Stop number 08600 10 111.

Anonymous tip-offs on criminal activities can also be sent to Crime Line. You can send an SMS containing information to 32211 at a cost of R1 per SMS.

You can also call the National Anti-Corruption Hotline to report corrupt activities you are aware of without giving your name. The number is 0800 701 701.

What are you doing to fight against corruption in your community or your place of work?

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