2 held for trying to bribe cops

Johannesburg - Two men were arrested for attempting to bribe the Diepsloot station commander with R5 000, Johannesburg police said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela said the men aged 34 and 40 were arrested on Tuesday.

"The attempt to corrupt Colonel Amos Balatse reportedly started while Diepsloot police officers were facilitating in a dispute involving two local groups, which were battling over the control of a church in Diepsloot extension 10," he said.

"One of the suspects is believed to have phoned the station commander on numerous occasions, and requested that he uses his power, to influence the outcome of the facilitation process."

Mavimbela said that the provincial anti-corruption investigators were called and they set a "trap" for the two men.

The men were arrested shortly after they handed the money to Balatse.

They were charged with bribery and are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court soon, he said.

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Akhenaten 2014-09-03 09:04:55 AM
Refusing a bribe of R5000 should now earn him a bonus of R10000.
Hlengani Fickson Makhense 2014-09-03 09:20:38 AM
Lock them up,they supporse to pray for the Country to end up Corruption.
Lerato Marule 2014-09-03 09:22:59 AM
We still have good cops the corrupter must be jailed also
Olivier Mukendi 2014-09-03 09:27:11 AM
A good way to eradicate corruption and ensure it is reported could be to incentivise public officials with that same money should they report such acts. People will stop attempting to corrupt as the bribe taker does not have to fulfill the deal but hand the briber in and still be rewarded.
Lerato Rato 2014-09-03 09:27:14 AM
R5000 is too much for bribery is that's why they refused to take it.
Nevin Narraidu 2014-09-03 09:41:20 AM
There are good cops out there. Lets hear more feel good stories about our Country not the normal nonsense everyday!!!
Lennart Eriksson 2014-09-03 09:47:26 AM
And it was about a church!!!!
MeThinks 2014-09-03 09:55:38 AM
Tandeka are u talking abt yoself? Well done to the police for not accepting the bribe, let's make this a norm please!
Humbelani Tshipandu 2014-09-03 10:05:15 AM
good boy balatse thank you so much your excellency,a lesson they will forever less likely to forget,thumb up,shap shap
Isaac Moitsanape 2014-09-03 10:37:11 AM
Thanks for being a real Colonel. Can u please go and arrest JZ please Colonel I wont bribe you, please man.