ANOTHER SENIOR TRAFFIC OFFICER IN COURT FOR CORRUPTION
MPUMALANGA – Thembisile Octavia Yende (44), a Senior Traffic Officer from Msukalikwa Local Municipality appeared in the Ermelo Magistrate Court on Wednesday 30 March 2021 facing a charge of corruption
Yende was arrested yesterday by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation team as a second traffic officer in the area to be charged with corruption. Their arrest followed several complaints received about the law enforcement officers who were allegedly soliciting bribes from the public who committed traffic violations.
Subsequent to the outcry, a waylay investigation was put in place on 22 February 2021 and the officers allegedly demanded gratification from a police agent.
This was followed by a joint operation led by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation team in Mpumalanga together with members of the Road Traffic Management Cooperation (RTMC) Head Office on Wednesday 03 March 2021. Leading to the arrest of Mfanafuthi Gift Hleza aged (32) on similar charges.
Yende was released on R1000 bail and is expected to be back in the same court on 22 April 2021.
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