JOHANNESBURG, April 30 – The South African Insurance Crime Bureau says 4.0 billion Rand (about 377 million US dollars) worth of stolen and hijacked vehicles were taken out of the country last year.
The Bureau, the South African Insurance Association and the Gauteng Province Road and Transport Department met here Tuesday to discuss the crime and pledged to work together to fight against organized insurance crime and related fraud in the motor vehicle industry.
Ismail Vadi, the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Transport in Gauteng Province, said the partnership would enable the department’s officials to acquire the much-needed forensic skills to deal with such crimes.
“What really concerns us is the acquisition of fraudulent documentation from our DLTC’s (Driving Licence Testing Centres), corruption by some of our officials,” he added.
“We have done spot inspections from time to time. We have instituted disciplinary actions against a number of our officials involved and some of them have been dismissed. We are extremely concerned about the cloning of (registration of) vehicles, and the provision of fraudulent or cloned number plates.”