ANOTHER SENIOR TRAFFIC OFFICER IN COURT FOR CORRUPTION
ERMELO – On March 30, 2021 Thembisile Octavia Yende (44), a Senior Traffic Officer from Msukalikwa Local Municipality appeared in the Ermelo Magistrate Court 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 on 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 the 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 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.