Johannesburg - A taxi driver who allegedly tried to bribe an officer in Johannesburg and two speeding drivers in the Free State are spending their Christmas in jail cells, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Friday.
"A taxi driver who allegedly tried to spread a festive cheer by offering a bribe to an anti-corruption officer has spent his Christmas behind bars," spokesperson Simon Zwane said.
He said the taxi driver was spotted driving recklessly on William Nicol road in Johannesburg on Christmas Eve. "He was first noticed when he allegedly threw an empty beer can out of the window of his minibus taxi," Zwane said. "He was followed and observed as he drove recklessly between traffic and pedestrians and through red traffic lights."
When he was stopped he allegedly offered a stack of money valued R630 as a bribe to avoid prosecution. He was immediately taken into custody and is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Meanwhile two motorists driving BMWs were detained in the Free State for driving at "excessive speeds". "A motorist who drove his North West registered BMW at 162 km/h in a 120km/h zone on [the] R30 spent his Christmas behind bars in Theunissen," Zwane said.
"Another BMW motorist who was caught speeding at 195 km/h in a 120 km/h on N1 south spent time in police cells after he was denied bail at Tierpoort. He was driving in early hours of Christmas morning at 02:37 hoping not to be caught."