Lefty British BBC reporters Forced to Pay Bribes to South African Cops While in the Country for Cricket
”Should this be of a surprise to anyone? I am certain the lefty BBC idiots blamed apartheid….Let’s start taking back our societies by locking up lefties.” Jack Sen
Original Mirror article
Four BBC Test Match commentators were involved in a frightening confrontation with a South African policeman who, they claim, took their cash.
Car driver Jonathan Agnew claims he was pulled over and asked to produce his licence – which he did not have – before being threatened with being cuffed and taken to the local station.
Agnew, 55, revealed in a series of tweets that fellow commentators Michael Vaughan, Henry Blofeld and Simon Mann had to dig deep in their pockets to pay off the policeman.
He tweeted: “He made us empty our pockets and took the cash. Please do not suggest I bribed him.”
He added: “Very nice of the kind officer to let me go. After I had emptied my pockets of cash and given it to him. #corruption”
Aftermath: Jonathan Agnew said the officer was “very aggressive” and mentioned corruption
Fellow commenator Michael Vaughan posted a picture of his colleague in conversation with the police officer outside their car who was described as being “very aggressive and unpleasant.”
The two – along with Henry Blofeld and Simon Mann – had been broadcasting on the first day of the fourth Test between England and South Africa in Centurion, between Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Ordeal: Henry Blofeld was one of the four Test Match commentators caught up in incident
Agnew said that he had been questioned near Johannesburg because he was not in possession of his driving licence.
He said that the officer, a cricket lover, cheekily asked him who was winning as he “trousered the cash”.
But he added happily: “Could have been worse. Officer kindly let me keep 20 rand (85p) to see me through till Wednesday evening.”
Ex-cricketer Vaughan, 41, also described the incident during this morning’s Test Match Special on Radio Five Live.
He told listeners: “He pulled us over for no apparent reason. I thought he was going to take Aggers to the cop shop because he had the cuffs out.
“He had us all empty our pockets. I had to give him a tenner!”
He then joked: “Aggers didn’t get the greatest of sympathy from us. The first thing we did was we went for our phones to take a picture of him with the policeman who was an angry man!”
Later Vaughan laughed and said: “Aggers has got just 20 rand left – less than a £1 – to last him till Wednesday when he picks up his Giro.”
Twitter users expressed sympathy with Agnew’s plight although some questioned whether paying the money was encouraging corruption in South Africa’s police force.
One wrote: “100% that’s a bribe! No one makes you, you can go to the Station with him, watch him ‘fine’ you then. That’s how bribes work.”
But another user immediately wrote: “ Easy to give advice from a armchair.” to which Agnew responed: “Correct.”
A BBC spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that Jonathan Agnew was stopped by the police. He was not carrying his driving licence and paid a fine.
We have nothing more to add.”