Three suspects arrested for demanding R20 000 bribe

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Three suspects are expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Monday after they were arrested for soliciting a bribe of R20 000 from a Joburg Resident.

It is alleged that the suspects pretended to be from an independent contractor who provides electricity reconnection services to City Power.  The suspects allegedly approached the complainant and demanded R20 000 to install the electricity meter box on her property.

Lucky Sindane of City Power said the electricity box was moved by City Power from the pavement to inside the yard of the property to protect its cables from being stolen.  City Power was in a  process of installing the electricity meter to the property when the suspects made their move.

“The complainant then contacted the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS) department and a sting operation was then set up working together with the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).”

Sindane said the City commends the member of the public for refusing to be part of any corrupt activity and reporting the matter to GFIS. “Corruption has no place in the City 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.”

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