'Motorists have responsibility not to tempt traffic cops with money'

MEC Ismail Vadi says not all traffic cops are corrupt and the public have a responsibility to report bribery.

FILE: Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi inspecting upgrades made on Metrorail trains in Soweto. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says not all traffic officers are corrupt and that the public have an equal responsibility to report law enforcement officials who break the rules.

On Wednesday the department launched an ethics campaign encouraging various players including licensing departments and driving schools to sign a pledge against corruption.

The campaign comes amid renewed concerns around the increasing number of road violations and solicitation of bribes.

Vadi says motorists also have a responsibility to be ethical and not to tempt officers with money.

"It's a two-way process, somebody is giving them money or a bribe and somebody is accepting it. And of course from those who are accepting it, if they're working in government, it's a matter of serious concern for us.

"It's important that people take it a step forward and report it to our hotline at the Premier's office, Public Protector's office or my office."