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Limpopo vehicle testing stations’ sharks faces fraud charges

Law enforce­ment agen­cies com­pris­ing Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Corporation’s Nation­al Traf­fic Anti-Cor­rup­tion Unit, the Hawks and Spe­cial Inves­ti­ga­tions Unit arrest­ed 11 offi­cials at a pri­vate­ly owned vehi­cle test­ing sta­tion in Limpopo.

They are fac­ing charges of fraud and defeat­ing the end of jus­tice

Their arrest came hot in the heels of a raid at Pha­lala Test­ing Sta­tion in the town of Lep­ha­lale by Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s Nation­al Traf­fic Anti-Cor­rup­tion Unit, the Hawks and Spe­cial Inves­ti­ga­tions Unit.

“The joint inves­ti­ga­tion team hand­cuffed the sus­pects, three of them recur­rent wrong­do­ers. The group arrest­ed them in April this year on sim­i­lar charges,” said Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (RTMC).

They were out on R1000 bail.

On Tues­day, they appear before under the Lep­ha­lale Magistrate’s Court.

They will appear again on Fri­day for a for­mal bail appli­ca­tion.

The arrest in Limpopo, led by Oper­a­tion Corol­la had since April this year brings the num­ber of sus­pects arrest­ed in Limpopo to 15.

“Sus­pects uses the iden­ti­ty details of clue­less peo­ple to issue road­wor­thy cer­tifi­cates for scores of vehi­cles nev­er brought to the sta­tion for phys­i­cal assess­ment,” RTMC said in a state­ment on Wednes­day.

“At the point when the team land­ed at the Vehi­cle Test­ing Sta­tion, they found author­i­ties get­ting ready to burn and wreck proof. We dis­cov­ered doc­u­ments cov­ered up in their pri­vate vehi­cles on the premis­es.

“Author­i­ties includ­ing the own­er, man­ag­er, exam­in­ers and admin­is­tra­tive clerk are among those caught. The unit held onto records includ­ing PCs and cell­phones,” RTMC said.

RTMC said they antic­i­pate that all the arrest­ed sus­pects appear at the Mar­ble Mag­is­trate’s Court on Fri­day.

“They are fac­ing charges of fraud and defeat­ing the end of jus­tice,” added RTMC.

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