afrol News, 22 April - Two South African anti-corruption police officers have earned themselves a huge respect after rejecting a two million rand (about US$ 270,000) bribery offer from an alleged drug dealer.
Reports said that the two police officers were offered the money, half of it upfront in cash, when they went to arrest an alleged drug dealer in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province.
Instead, the police officers added another charge on the suspect charge sheet of bribery. The man was found with a bag containing 150,000 Mandrax tablets at a warehouse, which the police had been watching after a tip-off.
Police authorities have commended the two police officers for commitment to work as well as for fighting crime in the country. It has however not yet been established if the two would be given a special reward by the government after refusing to take what was said to be five times more than their annual salary to abort the arrest.
South African authorities have recently taken a zero tolerance stance against crime and corruption, especially with the country hosting the soccer World Cup in June this year. Police is different parts of the country have carried out operations busting crime syndicates in drugs, human trafficking as well as other crimes said to have posed a risk of increase because of the expected high number of visitors for the 2010 soccer event.
Recent reports and studies suggest that South Africa has become one of the most corrupt prone states in the continent, almost reaching the heights of Nigeria, especially on officialised crimes.
The former head of the police, Jackie Selebi is currently in court answering charges of corruption in a bribery cases involving millions of rands.
Current president, Jacob Zuma has also been clouded by accusations of corruption for his connections with convicted spinner, Shabir Shaik, who was recently released in a controversial medical parole.
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