A fine of $ 3,000 or six months behind bars is what the Atteridgeville Regional Court gave to a Pretoria taxi driver who tried to bribe police officers when he was caught driving a non-viable vehicle.
The driver offered to the R200 officers, but ended up behind the bars.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has received the imposed penalty.
Thabani Nqakula was arrested in January 2019.
RTMC spokesman Simon Zwane said Nqakula was "stopped for driving an off-road vehicle on a public road, where he offered money to officials to avoid receiving traffic tickets."
"He was arrested immediately and charged with bribery," Zwane added.
Zwane said that at least 50 other drivers in Gauteng alone had been arrested since the beginning of 2019 and that the charge was in several stages.
The CEO of RTMC, lawyer Makhosini Msibi, welcomed the sentence of Nqakula & a.
"This conviction will send a message to drivers that they can no longer violate traffic laws with impunity. Our traffic agents are no longer prepared to have their good name tarnished by drivers who are not prepared to obey the rules of the road," said. Msibi
Msibi also called on all traffic officers to show zero tolerance to anyone who tried to corrupt them.
He said that South Africa needs traffic officers who are prepared to enforce the law without fear or favor of reducing the high number of road deaths.