Private vehicle centre raided in anti-corruption drive
There will be no festive cheer for many private roadworthy testing centre staff this year after more were arrested yesterday.
A joint operation by the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit, the South Africa Police Service’s Organised crime Unit and Gauteng Traffic’s Compliance Unit busted four vehicles examiners at a privately owned testing station in Claysville outside Tembisa in Gauteng.
This came after investigations uncovered a scam in which the identity document of a 64 year-old bed-ridden man was allegedly used to fraudulently process roadworthy certificates for hundreds of vehicles.
It is believed that the vehicles were never physically examined before the certificates were issued.
Many motorists who visited the centre with the hope of obtaining fraudulent documents yesterday were disappointed to discover that the centre was temporarily closed.
The four suspects are expected to appear in court on Wednesday on charges of corruption and fraud.
These arrests bring the number of suspects arrested in different private roadworthy centres to about 20 in the last three months.
Un-roadworthy vehicles pose a major danger on the roads and contribute to a significant number of accidents.
The RTMC is working with other law enforcement agencies to minimise the number of such vehicles on the roads in a concerted effort to make South African roads safe.
Source: Government of South Africa