What happens when an officer takes a bribe?

WHAT happens when an officer takes a R100 bribe?

An officer of the law found out the hard way that taking a bribe could only result in severe consequences.

A Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) woman was sentenced to three years imprisonment with the option of paying a fine of R5 000 for accepting a R100 bribe.

Officer Nkgoape Lydia Matsapola (41) was sentenced by the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on October 5.

Matsapola was found guilty of accepting a bribe and failing to charge an undercover agent of the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit for driving without a valid license disc.

The reported incident occurred during a sting operation on March 27, 2016.

Matsapola also received a five year suspended sentence provided she is not found guilty of a similar offense.

According to a statement from the City of Johannesburg department of public safety, the magistrate further found Matsapola unfit to carry a firearm.

“As the Department of Safety, we will not tolerate any form of bribery and corruption in our ranks.”

The public is encouraged to report corruption on the JMPD anti-corruption hotline 0800 203 712.

The City concluded by saying they welcomed the courts guilty ruling.

According to reports, Matsapolo could be stripped of her position as an officer as a motion to have her unregistered as an authorised officer are underway.

If the application by the Road Traffic Corporation, to have her unregistered as an authorised officer prevails, this could spell Matsapola powerless in enforcing the law in future.

A stern message this will be to bribe-taking officers as Matsapola will be prevented from ever working in a law enforcement again.

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Gopolang Chawane

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