5 appear for traffic fraud

2012-06-25 19:31

Johannesburg - Five people appeared in the Oudtshoorn Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of fraud and corruption, the National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape said.

Spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said three traffic officers from Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn, a driving school owner and a driving school instructor appeared after being arrested on Friday and Saturday.

The two traffic officers from Calitzdorp, Calvin Esau and Randall van der Bergh, were granted R5 000 bail and their case was postponed to 27 July .

Oudtshoorn traffic officer Nomalanga Cynthia Mani was also released on R5 000 bail and her case was postponed to 4 July.

Driving school owner Simon Xola Ngcobo remained in custody, and his bail application would be heard on 4 July.

"Ngcobo has a pending case at the George Magistrate's Court where he appeared on a charge of drug dealing," Ntabazalila said.

Investigations revealed that Ngcobo had two identity documents bearing two different names.

A driving instructor, Lusindiso Mnotoza, was released on R5 000 bail and would appear in court again on 27 July.

The five were arrested during an operation set up after police received tip-offs that people were flocking to Oudtshoorn to buy fraudulent learner's and driver's licences from the local traffic officers.