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Gauteng: Cop gets six-year sentence for demanding R300 bribe

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Mazulwandile Wilson Makaula is now a former policeman, and a current prisoner after he was sentenced to six years for attempting to force a Vosloorus motorist to pay R300 bribe cash during a routine stop and go search operation in May 2018.

The 49-year-old Makaula was sentenced by the Vosloorus Magistrate’s court on Wednesday 15 September 2021.

MOTORIST OFFERED HALF THE BRIBE

Makaula had stopped to search the motorist’s vehicle before threatening to impound the vehicle for no valid reason. To avoid doing the impounding, the former policeman demanded a R300 bribe. The driver then offered R150 but his vehicle was kept.

“The driver gave Makaula R150 cash for his vehicle not to be impounded,” said Hawks spokesperson Capt Ndivhuwo Mulamu via SowetanLIVE.

THE POLICEMAN WAS ARRESTED WITH THE CASH

Later on the same day, Makaula demanded the R150 outstanding balance from the R300 initial bribe request, Mulamu said.

During a sting operation later at a nearby shopping centre, Makaula was arrested with the initial R150 bribe he had received from the motorist. He was later found guilty of the crime in June 2021 before he learned of his six-year sentence on Friday 10 September.

In other news, a policewoman tragically lost her life in a motorbike accident in Pretoria.

Officer Poppy Moaka died in an accident while riding her motorbike on Tuesday 14 September. The crash happened on the R566 Rossyln Road next to Nkwe Estate in Rossyln, north of Pretoria while transporting vaccines. The 40-year-old Moaka died during a morning ride to escort a COVID-19 vaccine delivery to a designated site in Tshwane.

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