VIDEO: Officer asks for cold drink, receives R100

A screengrab of a video showing an officer taking the money.

A screengrab of a video showing an officer taking the money.

A video has emerged of an unknown traffic officer asking for a bribe from a motorcyclist in Mpumalanga.

The video, recorded using the biker’s GoPro camera, shows him being stopped by the officer while on his way to a motorbike rally, Witbank News reported.

The man is asked to produce his licence before the officer solicits him for a “cool drink”.

The man initially protests, but he then hands the officer a R100 before being let go.

Although it is not clear where the video was recorded, it is believed the incident took place between the Loskop Dam and Groblersdal areas on Friday.

The footage has reportedly been handed over to the Mpumalanga Department of Safety, Security and Liason.

Police spokesperson Katlego Mogale told The Citizen motorists should never pay bribes to law enforcement officials as they already received salaries.

“It is very suspicious, because why would a motorist give an officer money, especially if they [the motorist] have done nothing wrong?” she said.

Johannesburg Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar last month urged motorists to immediately report officers who solicit bribes.

This after a number of videos surfaced in January of law enforcement officials asking for and accepting bribes from motorists.

On New Year’s Day, two Johannesburg metro police officers were taken off-duty after they were caught on CCTV cameras accepting a bribe from two motorists in Westdene, Johannesburg.

Later, another metro police officer was captured on cellphone video asking for a bribe from a motorist who was allegedly driving drunk.

– Caxton News Service

 

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