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Taxi driver gets jail time for attempting to bribe traffic cop

A hard lesson for motorists.

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People will learn a good lesson from what befell this Durban taxi driver. The poor lad got handed a six-month jail sentence for attempting to bribe a traffic cop with R200.

Yes guys, let that sink in a bit. As reported by IOL News, Thabani Nqakula was cuffed and thrown in jail after he was stopped for driving a vehicle that was not roadworthy.

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Why was the Durban taxi driver arrested?

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) revealed in a statement that instead of accepting a fine like any other guilty motorist, Nqakula reached into his pocket and offered the officer R200 to turn a cheek on his infractions.

“He was stopped for driving an un-roadworthy vehicle on a public road. He offered the officers a R200 bribe to avoid receiving a traffic fine. He was arrested immediately and charged with bribery,” RTMC noted in its statement.

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What sentence did he receive for bribery?

This happened in January and after a swift court procedure at the Atteridgeville Regional Court, in Pretoria, Nqakula was handed a six-month jail term accompanied by a R3 000 fine, with a further suspended three-year sentence.

Makhosini Msibi, RMTC’s chief executive, applauded the justice system for making Nqakula an example to motorists who think they can avoid traffic fines by bribing traffic cops.

“This conviction will send to a message to motorists that they can no longer break traffic laws with impunity. Our traffic officers are no longer prepared to have their good name tarnished by motorists who are not prepared to obey the rules of the road,” Msibi said.

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Karma comes full circle for Nqakula

Karma sure is something else. Nqakula could’ve have been a free man if he had just accepted the traffic fine and went on about his business.

At best, he would have been fined anything between R500 and R2 000. Moreover, he would have had the opportunity to dispute this at a local traffic court and get the fine reduced.

However, like many other diselusioned motorists, he thought that bribes were still tolerated by traffic officials