Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Metro official caught soliciting bribe

By Tando Mfengwana
25 June 2007

A Cape Town metro police officer has been arrested for allegedly attempting to solicit a bribe from a taxi driver on Friday.

The driver alleged that he was pulled over at Sir Lowry Road during peak hour traffic.

Witnesses told police that the officer told the taxi driver that he was driving with an expired permit and that the matter could be resolved if he paid 50-rands. The driver said he would return to pay this amount after dropping off his passengers. He was issued with a warning ticket says Metro police spokesperson Nowellen Petersen.

The taxi driver then reported the incident to traffic officers at the Station deck taxi rank and then returned to Sir Lowry Road accompanied by another traffic police officer. The officer had gone with the taxi driver and disguised himself by wearing a jacket over his uniform.

“The man has been suspended and a hearing would be scheduled as soon as possible,” says Petersen.

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