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Licencing examiner arrested for accepting bribe

Written by Jauhara Khan

It was a victory for the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) when officers arrested a licensing examiner for allegedly accepting a bribe from a learner driver.

The suspect was arrested after the JMPD Internal Affairs Fraud and Anti-Corruption Unit received a tip-off that an examiner at the Xavier Junction Testing Centre in Johannesburg South took a R5 000 bribe from a learner driver to receive a driver’s license. The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) is cracking down on corruption with the arrest of a driver’s licence examiner, who allegedly accepted a bribe from a learner driver.

The arresting officers discovered a discrepancy when they found a test result in the young driver’s name despite the driver never having taken a driving test.

The suspect was searched and police say they found the R5 000 in his pocket. He was arrested and detained at Booysens Police Station. The arrested man cannot be identified until he appears in court and is formally charged.

JMPD Chief of Police David Tembe commended the officers for the arrest and strongly condemned the suspect’s behaviour.

"This kind of corruption defeats the ongoing efforts by law enforcement agencies of reducing road carnages. We will continue working in rooting out bribery and corruption in the City of Johannesburg," he said.

Corruption is a crime and can be reported to the police. Government has created several hotlines and helplines to ensure that you can report corruption anonymously.

You can pass on any information you may have without providing 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.

In addition to the above numbers, you can also call government’s National Anti-Corruption Hotline and pass on information on corrupt activities you are aware of without giving your name. The number is 0800 701 701.