Crime Line and Justice Project South Africa have learned that the two Tshwane Metro Police officers involved in the alleged extortion and armed robbery of a motorist, and the traumatisation of a 3-year-old child near Zandfontein Cemetery on Monday (January 26) have been arrested.
The 25-year-old woman was driving with her children, a 2-year-old boy, who was strapped in to his seat in the back, and the 3-year-old girl, who was in the passenger seat when she was stopped by the metro policeman. It is alleged that the officer tried to solicit a bribe from the woman after she failed to produce her drivers licence.
When the woman refused to pay the bribe and her 3-year-old daughter began to cry, one of the metro cops allegedly drew his firearm and threatened to shoot the child. Money was then allegedly forcibly grabbed out of the vehicle’s ashtray.
The matter was reported to Hercules Police Station and after an intensive investigation the two Metro cops involved were arrested this evening. The crimes that these officers are alleged to have committed are very serious indeed and should be treated as such.
Crime Line and JPSA wishes to urge all motorists to refrain from resorting to paying bribes and to immediately report any solicitation of bribes at the time they are demanded. We also wish to urge the public to join us in demanding that swift and harsh action is taken against any law enforcement official who abuses their power in order to extort monies from members of the public. The severest sentences should be handed down by the courts when law enforcement officers are convicted of extortion and/or corruption.
The same should apply to motorists who think that it is okay to summarily bribe traffic officials.
Howard Dembovsky, National Chairperson of JPSA, said "urgent interventions" were required to clamp down on rotten metro police officers. "We are very concerned. We need decisive action by municipalities and law enforcement agencies."
Crime Line head, Yusuf Abramjee, has compliment the SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police for the swift action. "We need to get the rotten metro cops behind bars. We appeal to the public to blow the whistle on these crooked cops."
Abramjee recently reported two Tshwane officers who tried to solicit a bribe from him. They were subsequently nabbed. Six other officers were subsequently implicated in corruption and a robbery in two separate incidents.
Crime Line and the JPSA said it would engage the Gauteng provincial government and local authorities "to find ways of clamping down on corruption.
Similar anti-corruption hotline lists are planned for the rest of South Africa and will be released as they become available.