Pietermaritzburg residents complain about law enforcement
Pietermaritzburg residents are complaining about how the Msunduzi law enforcement guards are asking for R50 bribes so they can allow R350 relief grant recipients to get inside the post office.
These law enforcement guards are asking unemployed residents to pay them R50, so they can allow them to enter the post office when the queue is long. The municipality in a statement said that they have learnt with shock about the news circulating on social media in relation to its law enforcement officials who are allegedly soliciting bribes from the public outside the post office.
“This matter has been referred to the relevant unit for an investigation. We request that everyone who has information to come forward so that actions can be taken against those implicated in wrong doing,” said the municipality.
That municipality further stated in a statement that their law enforcement took an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the city.
“We urge the members of the public to not pay any bribes to any municipal official.” Added the municipality.
Ntobeko Khumalo, a beneficiary, confirmed that the law enforcement guards do take bribes and they work with vagrants. Vagrants solicit money from the beneficiaries by claiming that “there is someone who is in front or behind.”
“The security guards do not care and they allow the vagrants to keep these spaces and the post office itself also does not care, because they only tell us after long hours waiting that the post office has run out of money,” said Khumalo.