Durban – On Monday the taxi driver was sentenced to six months in prison for trying to bribe traffic officers with R200, she said in a statement from Road Management Management Corporation (RTMC).
The road safety agency stated that it welcomed the verdict that had been issued in the District Court of Atteridgeville in Pretoria.
Thabani Nqakula was arrested by members of the national traffic police (NTP) in January this year.
"He was arrested for driving an unauthorized vehicle on a public road. He offered the officers a bribe R200 to avoid receiving a penalty for carriage.
Nqakula was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment or a fine of R3000. Then he was sentenced to three years imprisonment for five years.
NTP arrested about 50 drivers from the beginning of the year for bribery, and cases were at various stages of prosecution in various Gauteng courts, according to a statement.
"This belief will send a message to drivers that they can no longer break the traffic rules with impunity. Our traffic officials are no longer prepared to undermine their good names by drivers who are not prepared to follow the rules of the road, "said RTMC president, Advocate Makhosini Msibi.
He called on traffic officers to show "zero tolerance for anyone who tried to spoil it".
African News Agency (ANA)