Licensing officials appear in court for corruption


PORT ELIZABETH, December 10 (ANA) - At least thirteen licence examiners were due to appear in court today (Monday) following a clampdown on the fraudulent issuing of roadworthy certificates and drivers’ licences, the Directorate of Priority Crime (Hawks) said in a statement. 

Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said that eight vehicle licensing officials aged between 30 and 43 had been arrested in Thohoyandou and Musina respectively over the weekend for alleged corruption. 

Maluleke said the suspects stationed at Thusalushaka and Shayandima vehicle testing stations had issued roadworthy certificates to motorists without examining the vehicles in return for ‘gratifications’. 

The suspects were expected to appear at the Thohoyandou and Musina Magistrate’s Courts Meanwhile, five learners’ licence examiners aged between 41 and 51 were also expected to appear at the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court today. The suspects were arrested last Friday in a joint operation by the Hawks’ Durban Serious Corruption Investigation, the National Traffic Anti-Corruption unit, and Traffic and Transport Inspection unit. 

It is alleged that five examiners from the Underberg and Howick testing stations assisted applicants to pass the test for a fee. 

 - African News Agency (ANA)


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