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2020/08/26      |  Written By:  Captain M Maluleke   |   Province:  Limpopo

LIMPOPO – Another two traffic officials have been sentenced for corruption by the Tzaneen Magistrates' Court on Tuesday bringing the total number of the convicts to seven thus far.

The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation teamed up with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) in an operation dubbed Siyabangena in December 2017 and arrested 13 traffic officials in Tzaneen and Bolobedu respectively.

Their arrest follows a public outcry about corrupt activities on our roads. Instead of issuing summons to the motorists who contravened the Road traffic Act, the officials opted to take gratification particularly from those who were caught exceeding the speed limit. The gratification was between R100 and R2000.

Mabogo Tshifhelimbilu (43) and Nhlamulo Shivambu (34), were each sentenced to R20 000-00 fine or 4 years imprisonment half of which is suspended for 5 years on condition that they do not commit the same offense during the period of suspension.

Meanwhile, their co-accused, Clifford Lubisi is awaiting judgement on 31 August 2020.