JOHANNESBURG, July 27 – The Gauteng Department of Community Safety officers, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Friday said they have arrested four officials at the Germiston Testing Station for fraudulently cancelling traffic violation fines and other related documents.
The arrests come after an investigation which started last year, when authorities discovered that the suspects allegedly colluded with motorists to clear outstanding vehicle licence fees and penalties by irregularly registering vehicles in the names of deceased people or unsuspecting individuals before re-registering the same vehicles back to the original owners.
Such crimes committed at various testing stations around the country reportedly cost the State some R80 million.
The sting operation started on Thursday and led to the arrest of five officials from the Bedfordview and Alberton testing stations respectively. To date, nine suspects have been apprehended and more arrests are expected.
“I commend officers from the Gauteng Traffic Police, RTMC and SAPS for the sterling work in rooting out criminal elements within Driver, Learner Testing Centres (DTLCs). These are meant to be centres of excellence where we ensure that roadworthy vehicles and fitness of drivers are tested before they are cleared to be on our roads,” said Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.
“I have been advocating a message of road safety, rooting out corruption and we will not hesitate to deal decisively with any element that stand on our way to achieve this goal.” (ANA)