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BEATEN FOR NOT PAYING BRIBE

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BEATEN FOR NOT PAYING BRIBE
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WHEN Molefi Matsepe (42) was allegedly asked for a R1000 bribe by a cop, he never imagined he had a beating in store.BEATEN FOR NOT PAYING BRIBE

The trouble started last week when his neighbour asked him to drive her and her colleagues to work in his kombi because their usual lift was not available.

On the way, Molefi was stopped by a cop in Phelindaba near Bloemfontein, Free State and asked for a permit.

When he failed to produce it, the cop allegedly told him he would forget about the permit if Molefi bought him a drink.

“I told him I could call my son, who has a permit, to transport the people. Instead he took my car keys and drove off with them,” said Molefi.

“While I waited for him to return, I phoned my son to bring spare keys. When I was about to leave, the cop arrived with colleagues and demanded R1000. I told them I had only R100.

“They became aggressive and grabbed my private parts.

“I was fined R600 for transporting people without a permit and my car was impounded. The car was released on Friday after I paid R2000 plus the fine.”

A pregnant Moroesi Mahasa (28), who was in the vehicle at the time of the incident, said: “The cops swore at us when we tried to tell them we would be late for work. One of them slapped my hand when I took pictures and even hit my stomach.”

Police spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Annelie Wrench said a case of common assault was opened. Sakie Mohono of the Mangaung Traffic department said they do not allow officers to ask for bribes or beat people.

He advised Molefi to lodge a complaint at their offices.

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