Metro cops ask Bobby for bribe

2012-03-26 08:48
Pauli van Wyk
Johannesburg – Afrikaans singer Bobby van Jaarsveld and his tour group have told of their refusal to pay a bribe to four metro police officers at the weekend.

Van Jaarsveld, his mother, Ronel Brink and his band were on the N1 south heading towards Bloemfontein when metro police officers stopped their tour bus at a roadblock about 25km past the Grasmere tollgate.

The group was to perform at the Windmill Casino in Bloemfontein at 18:00 on Friday.

'Quite rattled'

According to Brink, there was something wrong with the licence disc.

"I never realised the licence disc is a copy of the actual document.

"Four police officers with threatening attitudes repeatedly told me to climb out of the car and that they will confiscate the bus.

"We didn't want to make a scene. I was quite rattled... because they stand around you and are very intimidating.

At first they wanted me to go pay R7 000 at the police station.

"I repeatedly said they must give me a fine."

'What a corrupt bunch'

Then came the proposals for a bribe: "'We'll let you go, then you're not late for your show. Give us what you have in the car as a gesture of gratitude. It's just the four of us here, nobody will know.'"

Brink said she refused and walked across the road to the commanding officer.

"These four denied it, but luckily I had witnesses. I think she was perplexed, because she just told me to drive. Without a fine. What a corrupt bunch."

Wayne Minnaar of the Johannesburg metro police said a formal complaint has to be submitted with the internal investigation unit before any action can be taken.

The unit's telephone numbers are 011 490 1703 and 082 559 3866.


  • Marion - 2012-03-26 09:15

    Has happened to us on a number of occasions. The modus operandi we experienced was 'the fine is x. How much can you afford'. 'We can't afford anything but we have broken the law, so give us the fine. Like a broken record. Every single time they let us go with a warning and the comment 'next time you can buy me lunch'.

  • Chris - 2012-03-26 09:17

    I can very well believe this. Wayne Minnaar and his sidekick, Edna Mamonyane are useless. I have spoken to them personally. Edna made all sorts of promises, she did not deliver on a single one. Including "I will personally call you to follow up". A year after lodging my complaint a letter shows up to say "after intense investigation the officers were found to be innocent". What investigation? Maybe I should have been interviewed or questioned? What a waste of time!

  • Peter - 2012-03-26 09:19

    So the commanding officer did nothing about it ??? Why am I not surprised ???

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-03-26 09:23

    Nothing wrong here. They are just following the examples set by their leaders. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Ha Haa!

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-26 09:28

    This is really scary. Makes me want to stay off the roads.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-26 09:46

    South African, where you stand a better chance of keeping something when being mugged than when dealing with the authorities.

  • Philip - 2012-03-26 09:59

    Old Vereeniging Road in Alrode is known as "The Toll Road" or the "Border Post" because this happens on a daily basis. These cops make much more than their salary in this manner and are getting more arrogant every day. They come up with any reason to suggest they are going to impound your vehicle in the hope that they will be offered money. It's time somebody sorts this abuse of power out!

      Piet - 2012-03-26 10:07

      If Showahead and his Gov. can steal Who is going to stop them???

  • hayden.cajee - 2012-03-26 10:15

    Being a traffic officer is one of the most lucrative jobs in this country.

  • Tshe - 2012-03-26 10:25

    This is a total lie, an alibi. I guess we will stop at nothing to glorify our individual needs.

      Mike - 2012-03-26 10:29

      You were there ? Tell us what happened

      Gareth - 2012-03-26 13:19

      @Tshe let me guess, You are one of the cops that wanted a bribe, LOL

  • Frans Van der Poll - 2012-03-26 10:40

    Maybe Tshe was one of the corrupt 'officials' on duty.

  • Candice Stones - 2012-03-26 10:45

    will this crap ever stop

  • sbonelo.s.ngwenya - 2012-03-26 10:50

    Lmfao...gotta love S.A...

  • Deirdre - 2012-03-26 10:55

    Lesson: as soon as a metro cop stops switch you cellphone's video recorder on and record the whole thing!

      Ally - 2012-03-26 11:46

      Great idea, but if they realise what you are doing, they will confiscate the cellphone.

  • Andre Lombard - 2012-03-26 10:58

    The commanding officer was their back-up. If anyone wanted to report the possible soliciting of a bribe, he was there to derail any attempt. Wonder what his cut was?

  • Elsbeth - 2012-03-26 11:10

    Not all of the traffic people are bad. There are a group out there who do take chances. I once was stopped by a traffic officer who gave me a fine because I did not have a drivers licence (which I did have with me). It expired, but I had the correct documentation with me to show that I did apply for a new one. He was wrong and In was right. I took his number plate and everything I saw I wrote down. The fine was R750. I never paid it because I did nothing wrong. I also told him that he was wrong and he was angry because I told him so. There were children in his car which was strange to me. So I laid a complaint against him. 10 Minutes after the incident I asked someone who I visited to take a picture of me and all the documents so that I had a prove that I had the correct things with me. The person who took the photo worked at forensics. It was a very big effort from my side which took weeks, but it was worth the effort as that specific officer was suspended. It was not the first complaint against him. So people out there go through with this even if it takes a long time and even if you have sleepless nights because it works to get these people off the roads.

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-03-26 11:26

    We should all follow this example and report such police officers and then perhaps the number of road accidents will come down.

  • Robsschele - 2012-03-26 12:38

    Well this show the generation gap. My first thought after I read the heading was: I hope he stuck his tongue out at them.

  • johanne.steyn - 2013-01-31 15:11

    Hey Bobby en jou ma, julle maak my hart warm klop. Baie baie geluk met julle excellent getuienis!!!! Bobby, ek is nie verniet een van jou miljoene aanhangers nie, jy is 'n seun so na my hart!!!! Ek hoop regtig daai 4 skurke gaan goed boet hiervoor!!!!

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