– You may recall the YouTube
video of the JMPD officer soliciting a bribe from a motorist on Christmas
day, 2014 which went viral in January 2015. Since then, there have been a
number of developments we wish to share with you.
Christmas day 2014, whilst returning to his home in the Pilansberg, Mr Greg Esterhuysen
was stopped by a JMPD officer on the R512 going North just outside Lanseria Airport
at approximately 17:55. The JMPD officer said that they were conducting an
“Arrive Alive” roadblock to check for drunk drivers and offered Greg the choice
of being breathalysed or paying R200 and proceeding on his way without being
breathalysed. Greg, who was not under the influence of alcohol opted not to pay the bribe and his girlfriend
video recorded the incident on her cell phone.
Greg's refusal to the bribe caused the JMPD officers in question to become enraged and
they subjected him to what appears to have been a rigged breathalyser test at the
Honeydew Police Station, whereafter they arrested him and drove him at breakneck
speeds to a medical facility to have his blood drawn before taking him back to
Honeydew Police Station to be detained.
being detained at Honeydew Police Station for several hours, he was released on
R1,500 bail, to appear in court on the charge of "drunk and driving" (driving under the influence of
alcohol) on Friday 31 July 2015.
at the police station, family members tried to lay charges of corruption
against the JMPD officers, only to be told by a SAPS Captain that they could
not lay such a complaint “because no money had changed hands”. Greg’s
girlfriend also called the JMPD Anti-Corruption Hotline and left a message. She
was not called back until mid-January 2015 after several reports appeared in
In mid-January 2015, after becoming aware of the video JPSA contacted Greg and assisted him to lay a formal complaint with the JMPD's Internal Affairs Department and SAPS after the video went viral. Despite the fact that the complaint was formalised, the officer concerned has still not appeared before a disciplinary hearing. Greg has however NOT been intimidated by anyone since he laid these charges, contrary to the fears that many people hold to the effect that they will be intimidated if they do the right thing.
On Friday 31 July 2015, Greg appeared at the Randburg Magistrates Court where his lawyer, Mr Jeffery Wheat of Geo Isserow and T L Friedman Inc. succeeded in having the charges against him withdrawn. Greg and his legal team will be taking the matter further by lodging a civil claim for damages against all parties concerned, including but not limited to the JMPD and the officers concerned, in their personal capacities.
wishes to commend Greg for the active citizenry he has exhibited throughout
this matter. From refusing to pay the bribe to enduring the abuse meted out to
him when he was arrested and subsequently following through with the
appropriate actions to gain remedy, Greg has shown unusual and extraordinary
courage in standing up for what is right,” said JPSA chairperson, Howard
submitting to corruption and/or not taking action when their rights are abused
by law enforcement officers, people are unfortunately guaranteeing that
corruption and power abuse will continue to spiral out of control,” he
“However, if more people take the stance that
Greg has taken, both, corruption and power abuse can be halted, or at the very
least, diminished. You owe it to yourself, your family, friends and countrymen
to help curb the tide of corruption and power abuse by not paying bribes and
taking decisive action if your rights are abused” he concluded.