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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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