Officials nabbed for corruption

2015-07-23 06:01

Four vehicle licensing officials have been released on R3 000 bail after appearing in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on 118 charges of fraud, corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

Farouk Martin, Sivuyile Charlie and Xolani Qhinga were arrested outside their workplace at the Cape Town Civic Centre on Monday, while Lwandiso Mawisa was arrested at home after being booked off sick.

The accused, who are all employees of the City of Cape Town’s motor vehicle registration department, were taken into custody following a near two-month investigation into “irregular transactions” involving the issuing of licences to owners of vehicles who had administration marks on the e-Natis System.

Admin marks, introduced by the council in 2013 as part of a package of interventions to recoup outstanding fines, are given to motorists who have been issued with a warrant of arrest for failing to appear in court for traffic violations, the City explained in a statement.

This prevents the motorist from renewing a vehicle licence, driving licence, motor vehicle registration or professional driving permit.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said it appears the suspects circumvented the system.

“One can only assume that there was an exchange of cash or other favours to make this possible.

“Currently, the docket includes 118 charges of which 74 involve taxi owners. But the charge sheet will get even longer,” he said

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