A suspect was arrested on Friday, 23 November 2018, for soliciting a R6 000 bribe from a resident in ail
The suspect already appeared in court and will be charged for fraud and extortion.
Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba in a statement said it is alleged that the complainant’s account was in arrears and she approached the City’s Revenue department to make payment arrangements.
Whilst she was busy trying to sort out her account the suspect approached her and offered to assist writing off the arrears on the account, he said.
The suspect supposedly told the resident that they would write off her debt provided that he pays R6 000.
“The resident agreed to pay the money to the suspect. The resident then informed the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS) team which set up a sting operation together with the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD),” Mayor Mashaba said.
These suspects are allegedly also working with officials from the Revenue department and more arrests are imminent.
“I would like to commend the resident who refused to be part of any corrupt activity and reported the matter to our team which acted swiftly to deal with the matter,” Mayor Mashaba said.
“Corruption has no place in this administration and we will work tirelessly, and in collaboration with law enforcement agencies, to ensure that the residents of Johannesburg receive the quality services they deserve.”