Traffic Cop Convicted of Corruption

A VETERAN police officer attached to the Erongo traffic department, Constable Johannes Geiseb (50), who was nominated as the traffic officer of the year in 2009, was found guilty of corruption in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court last Thursday.

Magistrate Gaynor Poulton sentenced Geiseb to a N$15 000 fine or two years in prison. In addition, he was sentenced to one year imprisonment, which was suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted of corruptly using his office or position for gratification or of any other offence of which corruption is an element during the period of suspension.

Two other charges under the Anti-Corruption Act pertaining to alleged bribery and obstructing a police officer performing his duty were withdrawn against him because of lack of evidence.

Geiseb paid the fine.

The Namibian understands that police Inspector General Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga has been informed about the outcome of Geiseb’s court case and that an internal police board of inquiry will be instituted to determine his fate in the force.

Geiseb had been in the traffic division for nearly a decade and was arrested at Swakopmund in February last year after he solicited a bribe of N$1 000 from a local resident, Heidi Jantjies.

He was supposed to execute a warrant of arrest on Jantjies, who had allegedly failed to pay a N$2 000 traffic fine. When he went to Jantjies’ home, Geiseb suggested that she could pay him an equivalent of half the fine to avoid arrest. At the time, Geiseb was wearing his police uniform and driving a police vehicle.

Jantjies reported the matter and Geiseb was arrested by ACC officials and the police shortly afterwards. The bribe money was recovered from him.

Source : The Namibian