Three more suspects arrested for R60 million vehicle licensing fraud

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Nearly two months after a big vehicle licensing fraud ring bust, three more suspects have been arrested.

Two Mbombela Municipality and Mbombela Traffic Department staffers were arrested for fraud, theft, and money laundering worth R60 million.

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The Mpumalanga Hawks arrested the third suspect at the White River Traffic Department on Wednesday morning.

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Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said the trio appeared in the Mbombela Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The operation was conducted by the Hawks’ Mbombela-based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit and the Gauteng Road Traffic Management Corporation.

On July 19, the Hawks arrested five former community safety department staffers and a Mbombela municipal registering authority worker on the same charges.

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The suspects, Xoliswa Celia Ngcelwane (51), Allman Thabang Masuku (37), Nkosinathi Samuel Gumede (44), Thembi Millicent Moslehi (53), Agness Nosipho Ndzinisa (42) and Nompumelelo Winni Nxumalo (35). They were each released on R15 000 bail.

Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson Dineo Sekgotodi said the case dates back to 2018.

The SIU informed the Hawks about the employees who were extending the date of expired vehicle licence discs.

“During the investigation, it was established that the former employees of the department of community safety colluded with the motorists after they saw the opportunity of trucks owing large amounts of money.

Sekgotodi explained:

The officials would manipulate the system and extend the expiration dates of the vehicle licence discs and then re-issued new discs that showed zero balance.

Truck owners would then pay the money meant for the department to unscrupulous employees, amounting to R60 million.

The case was postponed to September 29 for further investigation.

The three accused, Thababang Clifford Khumalo(41), Nonhlanhla Precious Matsheka (42), and Nkosinathi Mahlalela (36) were granted  R15 000 bail each.

Their case was postponed to September 29, where they will appear in court alongside their six co-accused.

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