Corruption Watch (CW) congratulates the City of Joburg for taking action in response to the voices of Johannesburg residents who spoke about abuse and bribery at the hands of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).
Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act
“Bribery is an offence in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (2004). This Act makes it an offence (called the offence of corruption) for any person to agree to give any gratification to a public officer, in order to influence such officer.” Download the full Act here.
Printable know your rights card<
If stopped by the police you can ask to see the officer’s appointment card, which includes the officer’s picture, name, rank, force and station according to Section 334 (2) (a) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977. Click below for your full list of rights when stopped on the road by a law enforcement official.
The law for sale: full report
This report into corruption within the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department exposes the extent of traffic police abuse of power on the roads, highlights the weaknesses within the department and explains disciplinary processes in place.
The law for sale: report summary
The purpose of the report summary is to identify the systemic weaknesses and stresses that have caused an important law enforcement agency, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, to become synonymous with corruption.
Watch the selection of Corruption Watch online videos about JMPD bribery and corruption here!
Bribe hotspots: is anyone getting convicted?
In a media survey that asked how many South Africans had bribed a metro officer over a three-month period, thousands of respondents admitted guilt – but who is more guilty: the cop or the person paying the bribe? And have any of these officers been caught and convicted?
Easy-to-follow guide on JMPD corruption stats
Take a look at our latest infographic with figures supplied to us by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department.
Unofficial ‘road tax’ eats into everyone’s pocket
On top of looming e-tolls and rapidly increasing petrol prices, South Africans are deeply affected by the “unofficial road tax” that is tjo-tjo.
JMPD tjo-tjo in numbers
Full report on corruption in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department too long to read? See the highlights in this easy-to-follow infographic.
The cop, the taxi driver and the fight for survival
The sheer volume of minibuses on Johannesburg roads makes taxi drivers regular bribe targets. Comparing their pay with that of metro police prompts the question of whether salaries affect the bribe drive.
Corruption stats from Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department
The numbers of actual cases brought against JMPD officials and levels of disciplinary action are alarmingly low, making this an area of grave concern – not only for SA's leaders, but for every driver and passenger on the road. These are the final set of figures that the JMPD has shared with Corruption Watch.
Bribes, breasts and Beemers- are they linked?
Is it the car or the gender that has both the Johannesburg Metro Police Department and SAPS stopping this woman monthly – or are there more factors at play?
Joburg's youth open up about bribery on the roads
Breaking the rules of the road is a criminal offence – but so is soliciting a bribe and paying one to a public official, instead of letting the law take its course. Corruption Watch went about the streets asking youngsters at university for their thoughts on this.
Tjo-tjo: is our law for sale?
Our hard-hitting report on corruption within the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department highlights the unit’s weaknesses and the extent to which it abuses its power on the roads. This forms part of our nationwide anti-bribery campaign, during which we’ll share vital information daily; initiate relevant debates on Facebook and Twitter; and ultimately turn up the heat so that tjo-tjo can be stamped out for good.