Driving instructor sentenced to 5 years in prison for accepting a bribe

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Bethlehem regional court on Thursday sentenced a Free State driving instructor, Teboho Ernest Mosia (45), to five years imprisonment for accepting a R5500 bribe to organize a heavy vehicle driving licence for a motorist.

He was facing one count of corruption and another count of theft after accepting R5500 from an undercover anti-corruption police agent on the understanding that he will organize for the agent to receive a heavy vehicle driving licence without undergoing the required testing processes.

A Spokesperson for Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) Simon Zwane said Mosia disappeared with the money and failed to deliver the driving licence.

“The incident took place during Operation Cloud, an anti-corruption law enforcement campaign undertaken by the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s national anti-corruption unit and the Hawks in the Free State two years ago”. Two traffic officers and three runners (intermediaries) were arrested during the campaign. They are still on trial in Bethlehem.

The court sentenced Mosia to five years imprisonment on a charge of corruption and five years’ imprisonment suspected for four years under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. The sentences are to run concurrently, and he is expected to serve eight months in prison.

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