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25 October 2012 at 14:30 - Posted by Midrand

How to report Johannesburg traffic corruption - SA NEWS


Johannesburg metro launched yet another initiative to fight traffic enforcement corruption in late 2012 and 2013.

Corruption levels at Johannesburg Metro police department is said to have significantly decreased, following a spate of allegations in recent years.

Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis said the non-government organisation had made recommendations to the city on how to reduce corruption involving Metro traffic police officers.

"I am glad to report that after the city implemented most of our recommendations, we have seen levels of corruption decrease this year compared to recent years," said Lewis at the launch of the city's 2012 anti-corruption initiative.

"While one department of the city has seen a significant decrease in corrupt activities, this is no reason to lower their guard. We must stay vigilant and continue to fight this scourge on all fronts. Corruption Watch is more than willing to work hand-in-hand with the city in this war," Lewis said.

Executive mayor Parks Tau urged residents of Johannesburg to continue to contribute submissions on how various departments and operational systems of the city can be improved.

"I can assure you that from now on, the city will not be on the defensive, but will work harmoniously with residents and civil society organisations to actively fight corruption."

Since it takes two to tango, Tau urged resident to stop corrupting his officials and city staff.

"If you come to do business with the city and an official offers to give you a receipt at a park in Braamfontein, then surely as an honest citizen you should realise that something is amiss. You should be given receipts in council offices.

"Some citizens contribute to corruption by offering bribes, wanting processes speeded up, working through runners operating outside in a park.

"I urge citizens of Johannesburg to join us in this fight and report all forms of corruption, regardless of the stature of the person or official," Tau said.

City manager Trevor Fowler said a whistle blowers' hotline will facilitate good governance of the city, encourage transparency and improve service delivery, which is usually the first casualty of corruption.

Metro police chief Chris Ngcobo, whose department took most criticism for poor governance and illegal public exploitation, said two years ago, R56m was lost due to corruption, while 21 people on average were dismissed each year for taking bribes, or 'cold drink money' in street lingo.

Ngcobo acknowledged that bribery had dramatically reduced, but they currently had seven officers on suspension for corruption, while a further 37 were being investigated.

Johannesburg corruption hotline is 0800 00 25 87, fax 0800 00 77 88, SMS 32840 at R1.50, e-mail, or Free Post, KZN 138, Umhlanga Rocks, 4320.

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