Johannesburg – Two Limpopo policemen were convicted by the Mokopane Regional Court for accepting a bribe of Rand 1,000 four years ago.
Warrant Officer Richard Matsobane Molokome, 54, and Constable Karabo Archibald Sepato, 40, both stationed at the Tuinplaas police station, accepted an R1 000 bribe from a motorist in December 2017 when they noticed that the vehicle was defective.
The case was transferred to the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation Team, who duly arrested the police.
The police are expected to be sentenced in April after being found guilty of corruption by a court on Wednesday.
Hawks spokesperson Lt. Col. Philani Nkwalase said the officers were performing crime prevention duties when they committed the crime.
“On December 12, 2017, Molokome and Sepato who were stationed at Tuinplaas SAPS were performing crime prevention functions when they noticed a suspicious vehicle and searched it. He was arrested, searched and some flaws were discovered.
“Instead of issuing subpoenas or seizing the vehicle, the two cops demanded a gratuity of 1000 R1.
“The victim went home to get the money and gave it to the police for the release of his vehicle,” Nkwalase said.
He said the police were initially released on warning after appearing in court before being sentenced.
They will be sentenced by the same court on April 19.
Two Limpopo cops convicted of accepting 1000 R1 bribe
SourceTwo Limpopo cops convicted of accepting 1000 R1 bribe