A Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer has been sentenced to three years in prison or a R5 000 fine for accepting a R100 bribe.
Nkgoape Lydia Matsapola, 41, was sentenced by the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Thursday following her arrest in a sting operation conducted by members of the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit (Ntacu) in March last year.
“She stopped an undercover agent for driving a vehicle without a valid licence disc. She accepted a R100 bribe in exchange for allowing the agent to drive away without the required fine,” said Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) spokesperson Simon Zwane.
The sentence was pronounced yesterday.
Officer 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.
This incident occurred during a sting operation on 27 March 2016. She also received a five year suspended sentence provided she is not found guilty of a similar offense. The magistrate further found her unfit to carry a firearm.
“The City’s Public Safety Department welcomes the decision by the Roodepoort Magistrates Court that one of our JMPD officials, Officer Nkgoape Lydia Matsapola, be sentenced to three years imprisonment with the option of paying a fine of R5000 for accepting a R100 bribe.”
“As the Department of Safety, we will not tolerate any form of bribery and corruption in our ranks.”
Members of the public are also encouraged to report corruption on the JMPD anti-corruption hot line 0800 203 712