Msunduzi traffic fines’ sub-contractors out on bail

2008-07-20 00:00

THREE Traffic Management Technology (TMT) sub-contractors were released on a bail of R1 500 each on Friday after they were charged with defrauding the Msunduzi Municipality Traffic Department of more than R30 000.

Perumal “Joe” Naidoo (43), Leslie Naidoo (41) and Quinton John (31) will return to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on August 18. Their case was adjourned to give the Organised Crime Unit a chance to continue with its investigation.

The three were arrested on Thursday following a joint investigation by the TMT, the municipality’s traffic department and police.

TMT, which is contracted by the traffic department to administer camera fines, sub-contracted the three to serve summons on traffic offenders.

TMT area manager Paula Greyling said her company suspended the service after evidence that the men were allegedly pocketing money they collected illegally from the offenders.

“We suspended them immediately after we got this evidence from people who handed them the money,” said Greyling.

She said the company has a clear rule that summons servers do not have right to collect money from traffic offenders.

“People who have been served with traffic fines must go to the traffic department and pay,” said Greyling.

Jegeesh Singh of the Organised Crime Unit said police need more people who claim to have handed money to the three or even to others who have not been caught to come to their offices to give statements.

Singh can be reached at 082 444 3160.

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