Police Captured Allegedly Taking Bribes in Lenasia, Johannesburg

What You Need to Know:

In a video posted on X, South African Police officers in Lenasia, Johannesburg, allegedly took bribes from what are assumed to be illegal immigrants. 

 

An unnamed man has claimed he was arrested by police before being asked to pay a R9000 ($465) bribe for his release. 

The poster of the video, Yusuf Abramjee, is a prominent South African journalist and anti-crime activist, whose work focuses extensively on government corruption and crime within South Africa’s provinces. 

The Details:

Corruption is rife in South Africa, with the taking of bribes, firearms trafficking, the renting of police uniforms to criminals, and police brutality a daily occurrence in the country. 

The Country is ranked 41/100 by Transparency.org for corruption, sitting on par with Kosovo, Burkina Faso, and Vietnam. 

According to Windell Nortje, A senior law lecturer at the University of the Western Cape: 

“Corruption  in  South  Africa  affects  everyone  and  intersects  at  points  of

social, political, economic and ethical discourse with no end in sight and thus

remains  an  elusive  malignancy  slowly  eroding  our  hard-won  democracy.

The  South  African  Police  Service  (SAPS)  is  part  of  the  problem.  In  2022,  a 

national  investigation  was  launched  to  determine  whether  numerous  police 

recruits  allegedly  paid  undisclosed  amounts  of  money  to  SAPS  College 

as  a  dubious  and  unlawful  prerequisite  for  enrolment. In  February  2023, 

an  affidavit  deposed  to  by  a  senior  police  official,  exposed  severe  police

corruption, including abuse of power and the disappearance of over 100 state

Vehicles. At the same time, two Limpopo police officers were arraigned for

allegedly accepting a R15 000 bribe to cancel a docket. After  receiving  an 

initial payment of R10 000, the officers insisted on the balance before being

Arrested. On 16 March 2023, it was reported that a crime intelligence head,

Major General Dumisani Khumalo, was allegedly appointed to protect senior

officers  within  SAPS  from  criminal  investigation,  including  the  incumbent

Police Minister Bheki Cele.”

So, What Now?:

The deterioration of institutional checks and balances has led to the erosion of the South African Judicial system. This is seen particularly through the African National Congress’s policy of Cadre Deployment, or the appointing of party members to traditionally impartial positions, such as Minister of Police, in the case of Bheki Cele, the ANC’s Chief Executive Organ. 

Bianca Bridger
Bianca Bridger
Bianca Bridger is a Political Science Graduate from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Currently working as an Editor for The ModernInsurgent and writing for Atlas News, her interests include conflict politics, history, yoga and meditation.

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