Hawks closed down vehicle testing station — 7 Lephalale officials guilty

LEPHALALE – A sting operation by the Hawk’s Serious Corruption Investigation Unit, in collaboration with the Road Traffic Management Corporation and Special Investigating Unit, culminated in the closing down of a private vehicle testing station and arrest of seven officials in Lephalale on Monday 8 April 2019.

Four of the seven suspects that were arrested

Five vehicle examiners and two clerks, aged between 26 and 57, allegedly used the identity particulars of unsuspecting victims to issue roadworthy certificates for vehicles that were never brought to the testing station for compulsory tests.

Computers and documents were seized during the operation.

The arrests follow another recent similar operation in which eight officials from Thusalushaka Vehicle Testing Station in Musina were arrested for fraud and corruption and they have since been released on R1 000 bail each.

The arrested suspects will appear in the Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday to face corruption and fraud charges.

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