FREE STATE - Three female traffic officers aged 43, 44, and 45 were arrested on Saturday, 14 October 2023 by members of Serious Corruption Investigation. It is alleged that the officers stopped a truck between Hennenman and Kroonstad on 14 October 2023 for a roadside inspection. They discovered an apparent Road Traffic Act transgression but made demands for a R2 000 gratification instead of issuing a fine. The driver informed his employer about this arrangement. The latter immediately alerted the police. An entrapment operation was conducted which led to the arrest of the three officers. The suspects are expected to appear in the Kroonstad Magistrates' court on Monday, 16 October 2023 for corruption.
Free State Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), Major General Mokgadi Bokaba sends a message of appreciation to 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," she warns.