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Fraud and Corruption: vehicle testing station employees in court

Employ­ees at Lep­ha­lale Test­ing Sta­tion arrest­ed by the Hawks’ Seri­ous Cor­rup­tion Inves­ti­ga­tion and Crime Intel­li­gence for alleged fraud and cor­rup­tion were remand­ed into cus­tody

This fol­lows their brief appear­ance in the Lep­ha­lale Magistrate’s Court on Wednes­day.

The sus­pects, arrest­ed on sep­a­rate days were split-up into two groups dur­ing their court appear­ance.

Mag­is­trate did not ask them to plead and post­poned their cas­es to April 18 for fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tions.

The sus­pects court appear­ance fol­lows a joint oper­a­tion com­pris­ing Nation­al Traf­fic Anti-Cor­rup­tion Unit, the Hawks and Spe­cial Inves­ti­ga­tions Unit which on Tues­day swooped at the test­ing sta­tion premis­es.

They arrest­ed five offi­cials aged between 23 and 62 on charges of fraud relat­ing to the irreg­u­lar issu­ing road­wor­thy cer­tifi­cate.

Among the arrest­ed were four vehi­cle exam­in­ers and cashiers.

Sev­en oth­er offi­cials were appre­hend­ed on Mon­day alleged­ly for using iden­ti­ty details of unsus­pect­ing vic­tims to autho­rise road­wor­thy cer­tifi­cates for vehi­cles not sub­ject­ed to manda­to­ry tests.

Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Spokesper­son, Simon Zwane said they expect more arrests in the com­ing weeks.

He said agen­cies seek to end the cul­ture of impuni­ty and wrong­do­ing at licens­ing cen­tres, test­ing sta­tions and on the road

“As part of the East­er road safe­ty, RTMC and oth­er law enforce­ment agen­cies have pri­ori­tised the fight against cor­rup­tion.

The cam­paign will tar­get licens­ing cen­tres, test­ing sta­tions, and road,” said Zwane.

The RTMC has wel­comed the arrests and said this will help dis­suade peo­ple from using un-road­wor­thy vehi­cles in the com­ing East­er peri­od.

“It is sig­nif­i­cant that these arrests are tak­ing place on the same day we launch that the nation­al East­er Road Safe­ty Cam­paign.

Fight­ing fraud and cor­rup­tion is part of our dri­ve to make roads safer.

We reit­er­ate to all our road users to play their part to reduce road car­nage in our coun­try,“ added Zwane.


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