Search on for six fraud accused

2011-02-22 14:27

KwaZulu-Natal police launched a search today for six people accused of fraud and corruption at the Mandeni license testing centre.

Fourteen people had already been arrested for fraud and corruption at the testing ground, said KwaZulu-Natal transport and community liaison MEC Willies Mchunu’s spokesman Kwanele Ncalane.

They included 10 people – including the head of the testing ground – arrested on Friday; an examiner and an administration clerk arrested on Sunday; and two driving school operators arrested yesterday.

Ncalane said they had all been denied bail by the Eshowe Magistrates Court. The case against them was postponed until March 3.

“I would again like to applaud law enforcers for their hard work and their sleepless night to make sure that these lawbreakers are arrested,” Mchunu said in a statement.

Ncalane said a two-year investigation had revealed that driving schools appeared to be working together with officials and examiners.

“It’s alleged that jockeys were undergoing the actual tests on behalf of the applicants, who in most cases did not even have to show up at the centre.

“In some instances, the applicant or jockey failed the yard test in principle, yet was still allowed to continue with the road test and ultimately issued a driving licence fraudulently,” he said.

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