13 Gauteng traffic cops denied bail in case over fake licences

2016-10-19 19:28
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Thirteen traffic officials were denied bail in the Benoni Regional Court on Wednesday, after they were arrested in connection with the fraudulent issuing of learner's and driver's licences, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said.

The case was postponed to October 25 for a formal bail hearing, spokesperson Simon Zwane said.

Zwane said the officials from Ekurhuleni and Secunda in Mpumalanga were arrested in a joint operation by the Hawks and the Road Traffic Management Corporation's National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit on Tuesday.

Zwane said the arrests followed a year-long investigation by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit.

They identified a network of people in the Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng whose role in the operation was to arrange fraudulent driving documents.

The documents were being sold for R3 500 for a learner's licence and between R12 000 and R15 000 for a driver's licence.

"All transactions conducted by the arrested officials will now be analysed and motorists in possession of licences issued by these officials will also be held accountable," Zwane said.

Free State Hawks spokesperson Captain S’fiso Nyakane said the accused were arrested on duty in Benoni and Secunda on Tuesday morning.

The suspects were aged between 31 and 65. They were caught during Project Crocodile, which was aimed at fighting fraud and corruption.

The arrested suspects have been identified as: Fikile Nkosi, Shaneze Mercilene Zaal, Elvis Wilson Mkwanazi, John Phatso Malete, Lucas Seema, Ntshagoyema Frans Mothapo, Phindile Debra Mahlangu, Mpho James Maphosa, Mncedisi Godfrey Msukwin, Thulile Nkonde, Annah Eleanora Deborah Thompson, Noko Hezekiel Mafokwane and Johannes Rooinek.

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