Traffic official arrested for alleged licensing scam

2016-11-30 20:52


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Cape Town – An alleged vehicle licensing scam seems to be unravelling after the arrest of a senior traffic official on Wednesday morning, the Hawks said.

The man, 47, was arrested in De Aar in the Northern Cape, just two weeks after the Western Cape Hawks arrested Elton Bernard Abrahams at his Belhar, Cape Town, home for his alleged involvement in the scam, said spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha.

A three-month investigation into the issuing of illegal roadworthy certificates and police clearances led to Abrahams's apprehension.

The focus of the scheme was apparently issuing the documents for big trucks and buses.

Around R3.7m in cash, ID documents, and two vehicles were seized during the operation.

Authorities called it a "telling blow to the underworld" in their fight against organised crime.

The latest arrest followed further investigations.

Ramovha said the man was expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court, alongside Abrahams, on Friday.

They face charges involving fraud and corruption.

Ramovha said the scope of the investigation spanned several provinces. More arrests were expected.


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