3 arrested at East Rand testing centre

2012-11-06 15:42

Johannesburg - Three men were arrested on charges of corruption at a private vehicle testing station in Germiston, on the East Rand, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Tuesday.

One of the men was the owner of the testing station and the other two were examiners.

"We want to send out a very strong message to all unscrupulous and corrupt operators, owners, examiners and officers who are involved with corruption at testing stations, licensing centres and roadside checkpoints, that you will get caught," said RTMC acting CEO Collins Letsoalo.

Any motorists found to have been involved would also be arrested.

Approximately 35 people a day died on South African roads, and many of these deaths could be attributed to corruption, he said.

The RTMC said it had been investigating the private testing station, together with the Hawks, the Ministerial Task Team and the Gauteng department of community safety, since October last year.

It was alleged that hundreds of vehicles, some registered outside Gauteng, received roadworthy certificates without being presented for examination.

The RTMC said there were also allegations that people paid exorbitant amounts to have their vehicles illegally approved.

The corporation said the operation was the beginning of a crack-down on corrupt traffic management officials and operators, and that further arrests could be expected.

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