JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A South African policeman has been caught on video accepting money from a man on whom a policewoman then performs a sexual act for money.
The 20-minute video was recorded in a parking lot near the East Rand Mall, in Boksburg, at 3 a.m. on Saturday, and a copy was sent to police Thursday, Beeld reported.
The video allegedly shows a bribe taking place, followed by a policewoman unzipping a motorist's pants and performing a sex act on him.
“The content of the video is very disturbing and has warranted the management to take immediate action in terms of the SA Police Service (SAPS) disciplinary code,” said the police’s Brigadier Neville Malila, City Press reported.
“Internal disciplinary processes are under way, as prescribed by the regulations and policies of the SAPS."
He said the officers were suspended Friday.
Gauteng provincial commissioner Lt. Gen. Mzwandile Petros said there was no place for corrupt police officers in the service.
“The message was clear since 2010: If you are corrupt, leave the service or you will be arrested, but leaving the service will also not stop us from arresting you.”
South Africans are frustrated with the country's police force, widely perceived as corrupt and incompetent.
Most shocking have been the recent incidents of brutality and violence, including the dragging death of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia in February, and the police shootings of 34 people during a wildcat strike at the Lonmin platinum mine last year. An official inquiry into the mine incident is continuing.
There has also been trouble at the highest echelons of the police service, with the previous two national police commissioners both fired from their jobs — one of them for dodgy property deals, while the other was sentenced to 15 years in jail after being found guilty of taking bribes from a convicted drug dealer.
In 2011, 630 police officers were arrested in Gauteng province alone, mostly for fraud and corruption, the Globe and Mail reported.
Here is a portion of the video from Beeld, allegedly showing the bribe and the policewoman with the motorist:
Here are three more videos of South Africa cops behaving badly. The Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged to death:
One of an attack on an unarmed woman, and here's cops having sex on duty:
Erin Conway-Smith reported from Johannesburg.