LEPHALALE — Two private vehicle testing stations in Lephalale were closed down by Limpopo Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation Unit in cooperation with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Monday and Tuesday 8 and 9 April. A total of 12 people were arrested for fraud.
According to Colonel Daniel Ramkgoakgoa, Lephalale SAPS Station Commander, they are Obakeng Mosimane (27), Themba Ephriam Sambo (29), Joel Mahlatji (44), Stanley Matlala (35), Allison Catherine Sumner (56), Mpho Lloyd Raphuthi (26), Lebogang Rapetsoa (23), Pieter Schutte (62), Marisca Erasmus (28), Makwena Silas Mashala (28), Thapelo Medupi (33), Vhotoro Democracy (29) and Gys Engelbrecht (53).
According to Col Ramakgoakgoa, the suspects allegedly used the identity information of unsuspecting victims in order to issue roadworthy certificates for vehicles that were never brought to the testing station for compulsory tests.
The RTMC said in a media statement that they, along with other anti-corruption law enforcement agencies, have prioritised the fight against corruption as part of the Easter road
“More arrests can be expected in the coming weeks as the agencies seek to end the culture of impunity and wrongdoing at licencing centres, testing stations and on the road.”
The RTMC also said the arrests would assist in dissuading the public from using non-roadworthy vehicles ahead of the upcoming Easter period.
Computers and documents were seized during the arrest.
The 12 suspects appeared in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court during the week and they were granted R1 000 bail each. The cases are postponed to Monday 27 May 2019.