Former Western Cape Traffic Officer jailed for accepting bribes

The Hawks have welcomed the four-year sentence that was given to a former traffic officer by the Bellville Magistrate’s Court.

The 53-year-old Gavin Heinrick Zass was convicted of taking bribes from taxi operators in 2016.

Zass was arrested after a sting operation was conducted at the Bellville Traffic Department. He was arrested in possession of R10 000 entrapment cash and was charged with corruption. 


Hawks provincial spokesperson, Zinzi Hani, says Zass has the option to pay a fine of 40 thousand rands or serve four years in jail.

“In 2016, Zass was impounding taxis that did not have roadworthy permits and would release the taxis without following proper procedure. In return, he would request a bribe from taxi owners. The matter was immediately reported to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team in Bellville for further investigation,” said Hani.

Zass was further declared unfit to possess a firearm. 

Done By: Thaakiera Ackerdien 


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