Mayor Herman Mashaba said the suspect was arrested on Monday for allegedly soliciting a R70 000 bribe from a resident who owed the city R500 000.

”The police are looking for his accomplice who is also a city employee. It is alleged that the suspects approached the resident whose account is in arrears and told him that they would write off his R550 000 debt provided that he pays them R70 000,” said Mashaba.

”His debt was then reduced to R67 000, he paid them R30 000. But then he was not happy and demanded that his balance on the account should be zero and then he would pay them the balance of R40 000.”

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The City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS) team had been monitoring the resident’s account and approached the customer about the discrepancies on his account. Mashaba said the resident confessed and led the investigators to the culprit.

”I am deeply disappointed after learning that these corrupt activities are still continuing. I have instructed our anti-fraud and corruption unit to look into this matter. It is clear that consumers continue to collude with our officials in fraudulent refunds scam. We do not tolerate corruption, that is why we will continue to vigorously pursue every allegation of corruption.”

– African News Agency