JMPD traffic official investigated for corruption at Sandton roadblock

30 November 2016 | Road Safety Highlights


A JMPD traffic officer may soon find that the senior investigative journalist from the well known Carte Blanche may not be the person to aim your attempt at to solicit a bribe. 

Tony Beamish, senior investigative journalist from Carte Blanche, shared some footage of this incident from his dashcam with the Arrive Alive website.

From the videos and some additional facts provided to us it appears that:

  • The driver was stopped at 20h36 on West Street, Sandton on Monday 28 November 2016.
  • The conversation went as follows with the officer believed to have introduced himself as "George":

George:  Hello.  How are you?

Tony:    Good evening to you.

George:    Good, good, good.  Licence please.  

Tony:  Ok.  There you are

George:  Let’s check in the fitness.  How many did you drink tonight?

Tony:  I had — eh — double whisky at about half past five this evening.

George:  Ok.  Then this thing will tell us.  You must blow in here.

Tony:  I will.

George:  [Indistinct] lights.  [I have a dash cam fitted that looks across from the left side at the driver’s window but I lost the SD card when removing it for downloading.]

Tony:  I just want the lights.

George:  No.  Blow in here. 

Tony:  BLOWS

George:  Ah, ja, ja.  It shows [indistinct]  It shows [indistinct] from here.

George:  It show from here but you are not going to be prosecuted 

Tony:  Sorry, what are you saying

George:  No.  Listen to me.

Tony:  Ok!

George:  We are not going to be judged with this.  We are going to draw blood, but they must come.  Where do you work?

Tony:  I work at Carte Blanche.

George:  Where?

Tony:  The television station in Randburg.

George:  It's going to spoil your everything.

Tony:  Ja.  So what are you saying?

George:  But I must phone the [indistinct] first.

Tony:  Ok!

George:  To come with the …

Tony:  Ok!

George:  the bakkie …

Tony:  Ok!

George:  To come and take your blood.

 

How did it end? Tony said that he insists on having  the blood test and was then told that he should go! 

 

We asked Tony Beamish for his thoughts on this and would like to share his comments:

"If it were up to me the limit would be 0.02% for all drivers.  Uber is the way to go if you want to party.  Three hours after having two tots of whisky then dinner, I was not intoxicated.  In fact, I wanted to see the reading simply from an educational point of view as I felt perfectly fine.   I am offering a R200-00 reward to the first person to accurately point out the officer concerned."  

He also confirmed that he escalated this to the Enforcement and anti-Corruption agencies and will bring this to the attention of senior superintendent Wayne Minnaar as well.[ Whom he has called but only accessed the voicemail] 

 

View the Clip:

 

View the Clip capturing the moment when the road user called his attorney and was advised to leave quietly once the officer was willing to "give him a chance."

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