Two City Power contractors arrested after allegedly trying to take a bribe

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Johannesburg – Two City Power contractors have been arrested after they allegedly attempting to take a R2 000 bribe from a resident in Auckland Pak, in the City of  Johannesburg on Sunday.

City of Joannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba released a statement saying that the two officials who are from an independent contractor,  were arrested on Friday. They were arrested by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).

The officials were providing electricity disconnection service to the city power.

“It is alleged that the two officials approached the resident on Friday morning and informed him that his municipal account was in arrears and that they were there to disconnect electricity supply to the property,” Mashaba said.

He also went on to say that the officials told the residents that if they gave them R2 000 they will not disconnect their electricity. The resident notified the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) team. The GFIS team teamed with JMPD to set a sting operation. The officials suggested that the resident should withdraw the money from Campus Square Shopping Center.

“When they arrived at Campus Square one of the officials who escorted the resident to the ATM refused to take the money at the centre because of CCTV cameras and told the resident to go back home and they will come and collect it there.”

 Photo Credit: The Times of Israel

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