“Two corrupt JMPD officers, who passed out of the Academy just six months ago, were arrested on July 31, for bribery during Operation Buya Mthetho at the corner of Eloff Street and Pritchard Street in the Johannesburg CBD,” said said Wayne Minnaar of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department.
Members of Internal Affairs Unit became suspicious when they saw two JMPD male officers sitting inside a car at about 3.30 pm.
According Minaar, the car belonged to a member of the public.
“They watched how the driver of the vehicle had put money into a bag which belongs to one of the officers. The one officer then went to put the bag against a pole.”
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The Internal Affairs Unit members intervened, and the driver admitted to putting two ten rand notes inside the bag when the corrupt officers demanded “cold drink” money from the driver because his car license disk had expired.
The Chief of Johannesburg Metropolitan Police, David Tembe, was angered by the incident.
“We will root out all of the corrupt elements in our department, as these have tarnished the badge and image of JMPD,” said Tembe.
The two officers appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on charges of bribery and corruption.