Three female traffic cops in court for bribery

The corruption case against three Free State female traffic cops aged between 43 and 45 has been postponed to November 10.

Mamodiehi Nkwinika, Mohapa Motaung and Ditshabako Sefudi appeared before the Kroonstad magistrate’s court on Monday. The cops are facing charges of corruption after they tried to ask for a bribery.

The Serious Corruption Investigation members arrested the trio on Saturday.

It is alleged the officers stopped a truck between Hennenman and Kroonstad for a roadside inspection.

Police spokesperson Lieut-Col Zweli Mohobeleli said the accused cops discovered an apparent Road Traffic Act transgression, however they made demands for a R2 000 gratification instead of issuing a fine.

“The driver informed his employer about this arrangement. The employer immediately alerted the police,” Mohobeleli said.

“An entrapment operation was conducted and it led to the arrest of the three officers.”

Free State head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), Maj-Gen Mokgadi Bokaba commended the truck owner for reporting the crime.

“Law enforcement officers must know that the Hawks have a bird’s view of their actions. Anytime they accept a bribe, they could be walking into a trap,” said Bokaba.

The trio has since been released on R1000 bail each.

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