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East Rand testing station officials held

2012-11-07 19:19

Johannesburg - Two vehicle examiners were arrested for fraud at a test station in Alberton in the East Rand, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

"They are alleged to have defrauded the municipality of thousands of rands by issuing vehicle roadworthy certificates without actually seeing the vehicles in question," said Captain Paul Ramaloko.

The arrest was as a result of a joint operation between the Hawks and the department of transport.

Spokesperson for Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), Ashraf Ishmail, said the test station was one of the 10 most corrupt in the country.

"The suspects have issued roadworthy certificates for more than 20 000 unroadworthy vehicles over a period of 12 months."

Ishmail said people travelled from other provinces to seek certificates from the station.

The suspects charged between R1000 and R2 000 for a vehicle certificate, while it cost between R300 and R350 for checking a vehicle and issuing a certificate, said Ishmail.

The men, both in their 30s, would appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court soon to face fraud charges.