Five traffic officers from various municipalities in the Eastern Cape and four driving school owners were arrested in an intelligence-driven operation by the Hawks' Serious Corruption Investigation team, together with Crime Intelligence.
According to Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale, the joint operation was conducted in the Mount Ayliff, Mount Frere, Ntabankulu and Qumbu areas in the early hours of Monday morning.
The arrests followed allegations of corruption in the issuing of learner's and driver's licences.
"It is reported that the traffic officers and driving school owners colluded in the issuing of learner's and driver's licences in return for a gratuity solicited from the prospective clients. The nine suspects, aged between 28 and 45, years are expected to appear in the Mount Frere Regional Court [on Tuesday] on charges of fraud and corruption," Mogale said.
#sapsHQ 5 Traffic officers from various municipalities in Eastern Cape and 4 driving school owners arrested in a joint intell driven op by the #Hawks & CIG in the Mount Ayliff, Mount Frere, Ntabankulu and Qumbu areas. #FightingCorruption MEhttps://t.co/izZNz7RoJZ pic.twitter.com/uesIyDXLu1— SA Police Service ???? (@SAPoliceService) October 26, 2020