Nkosinathi Masina loses his traffic cop job

Nkosinathi Masina loses his traffic cop job
SKELM: A Mbombela traffic cop who tried to extort money from a motorist has now been suspended. PICTURE SAPS

He has been asked to stay at home while the Hawks deal with his case.

Nkosinathi Masina, the traffic cop who allegedly harassed a truck driver demanding R1500 from him has been placed on suspension while his case is being heard.

He was stripped of his epaulettes when the Hawks arrested him during a raid at his workplace last week Friday.

His colleagues at the Kabokweni Cost Center said Masina has been asked to remain at home while the Hawks deal with his case at the Barberton Magistrates Court.

Masina is a high ranking traffic officer in Mpumalanga, holding the rank of provincial inspector.

The crime that he was arrested for occurred along the R38 between Barberton and Badplaas last year January.

Hawks spokeswoman Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said Masina allegedly demanded a R1500 bribe from a truck driver whom he stopped on the Thursday of 30 January 2020.

The truck driver felt his right was being violated and went to report Masina to the cops who asked the Hawks to investigate.

Sekgotodi said after allegedly stopping the truck, the 39-year-old Masina found there were people loaded at the back of it and told the truck driver he was not allowed to put people at the back of the truck.

“The traffic officer allegedly removed the license disc and demanded R1500.00 in order for him to return the disc. The complainant did not have money at the time and the traffic officer decided to struck the truck off the road and he promised him that he would get the disc back when he brought the money,” said Sekgotodi.

Having spent the weekend in jail, the Barberton Magistrates Court this week Monday released him on a R1000 bail.

He will now return to the Mbombela Commercial Crime Court on 12 May 2021.

(edited by ZK)
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