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Traffic Official Arrested For Extorting Money From Drunk Driver

Major General Mathipa Makgato, the head of the Hawks in the Western Cape, commended his team for the arrest.

A Cape Town traffic official, Renay Claudine Ruiters, was recently arrested for allegedly extorting money from a drunk driver she had arrested last year.

The arrest was made by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly known as Hawks, on Wednesday.

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Lieutenant Colonel Siyabulela Vukubi, the spokesperson for Hawks in the Western Cape, stated that the arrest was carried out by members of the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team based in Bellville.

The incident dates back to September 2023 when Ruiters, who works as a traffic official, allegedly demanded R15,000 from a motorist she had arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The matter was reported to the Hawks for investigation, leading to Ruiters’ subsequent arrest. She appeared in court on the same day and was granted R1,000 bail. The case has been postponed until April 5 to allow for further investigation.

Major General Mathipa Makgato, the head of the Hawks in the Western Cape, commended his team for the arrest.

He emphasized that law enforcement officials have a responsibility to uphold and enforce the law, and he hoped that this incident would serve as a strong message to other potential lawbreakers.

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In a separate incident in Mpumalanga, two traffic officials from a driving license testing centre (DLTC) were also arrested on charges of corruption.

Manoko Mashaba and Clifford Ngobeni were released on R15,000 bail each following an entrapment operation conducted by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation Unit. The duo allegedly requested a bribe of R1,000 in exchange for passing an individual’s learner’s license test after they had failed. Their case has been postponed to February 26 for further investigation.

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Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
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