Limpopo testing station official arrested for fraud

2017-11-23 22:05
Hawks (Theana Breugem, Media24, file)

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Johannesburg – Authorities have arrested a private testing station official in Limpopo after she allegedly attempted to bribe an undercover officer in a sting operation on Wednesday.

The Hawks and the provincial transport department nabbed the woman who allegedly tried to hand over a bribe of R10 000 to an officer inside a fast food outlet.

She had requested to meet the officer after it was discovered that the testing station had been approving roadworthy certificates without seeing vehicles.

Department spokesperson Matome Moremi said an investigation came after a Polokwane traffic officer impounded a vehicle at an accident scene.

"It was later found that the examiner passed the same vehicle as roadworthy and issued a road worthy certificate."

Moremi said that at the time of the vehicle passing the roadworthy test, it was still at the pound of the department's Anti-Fraud and Corruption unit and "could not have been presented to the testing officer to be tested".

In fear of being de-registered as a testing station and charged with fraud, the examiner requested to meet an anti-fraud agent out of office.

The Hawks made the official arrest, Moremi said.

"We do not have the authority to make arrests."

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