English Commentators and JMPD

@Inlemay (16489)
South Africa
January 24, 2016 10:35am CST
JMPD is the acronym for the Johannesburg Metro Police Department and the story goes as follows: News24 reports: "Commentator Jonathan Agnew, in a series of tweets, claimed he was pulled over and asked to produce a licence. Agnew said he and fellow commentators Michael Vaughan, Henry Blofeld and Simon Mann had to dig deep in their pockets to pay off the policeman. He said on Twitter, “He made us empty our pockets and took the cash. Please do not suggest I bribed him." The spokesperson of the JMPD has asked for an official complaint to be lodged so that the Police Department can stop corruption within their ranks. The tweets go on to say: "And he's a cricket lover. Asked who was winning as he trousered the cash. Still. Could have been worse. Officer kindly let me keep 20 Rand (85p) to see me through till Wednesday evening.” I asked my hubby if he thought this was a prank due to the fact that ENGLAND is thrashing the South African Cricket team in the 5 day Tests Series, but hubby assured me if its on the news as official, then it must be part of some corruption. At least in South Africa R20 (85p) can see one through to the end of the week - very mindful of the policeman yet very silly as it might just cost him his job!
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@LadyDuck (152111)
• Switzerland
24 Jan 16
Is the police corrupted in South Africa? It's a shame.
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
25 Jan 16
It sounds like there may be - what a shame I say too
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@LadyDuck (152111)
• Switzerland
25 Jan 16
@Inlemay Sadly, police is not only corrupted in your country. Here they are serious, but in my native country I cannot say the same.
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
25 Jan 16
@LadyDuck - It seems they bribed the officer: News reports: BBC commentators were stopped while driving in Johannesburg Jonathan Agnew was behind wheel but did not have driving licence on him They gave police officer £40 after he told them to 'empty their pockets'
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Jan 16
It does sound like it's meant to be a humorous story, but if it is really true, then he's going to be in a lot of trouble. Doesn't seem worth it to pull such a stunt.
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
25 Jan 16
I know - I cannot wait to read the headlines today - will give you all feedback on the news regarding this sillyness
@Jessicalynnt (47789)
• Centralia, Missouri
24 Jan 16
I suppose it happens all over.
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
25 Jan 16
oh for sure - money is the route of all evil - it defines corruption
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@jaboUK (53541)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 16
I know that this sort of thing is common in countries like Thailand, but I'm surprised that it goes on in SA.
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
25 Jan 16
well we were too when we saw it flashing across our screens during the news - that is why I checked on the site - will give feedback
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@Tampa_girl7 (25387)
• United States
27 Jan 16
I think corruption exists all over.
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@mammots (3282)
• Philippines
25 Jan 16
I'm sure this police officer will get a harsh punishment for this act of graft and corruption in your country.
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@just4him (113154)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Jan 16
It is so sad that that kind of corruption happens in your country. I hope that officer is reprimanded, but if that's normal, chances are he won't be.
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@Platespinner (16513)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
24 Jan 16
Sadly there is entirely too much corruption in those areas where we really need good, honest, trustworthy individuals.
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@Marcyaz (35695)
• United States
24 Jan 16
That policeman should be at least repremanded if not let go from the police force.
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