By Lavan Pijoos: Twelve traffic officials have been arrested in connection with the fraudulent issuing of learner’s and driver’s licences, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Tuesday.
Ten officials were arrested at the Benoni Licencing Centre, spokesperson Simon Zwane said in a statement.
Zwane said the arrests followed a year-long investigation by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit.
They identified a network of people in the Free State, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng whose role in the operation was to arrange fraudulent driving documents.
The documents were being sold for R3 500 for a learner’s licence and between R12 000 and R15 000 for a driver’s licence.
“All transactions conducted by the arrested officials will now be analysed and motorists in possession of licences issued by these officials will also be held accountable,” Zwane said.
Free State Hawks spokesperson Captain S’fiso Nyakane said they were arrested on duty in Benoni and Secunda on Tuesday morning.
The suspects were aged between 31 and 65. They were caught during Project Crocodile, which was aimed at fighting fraud and corruption.
They are expected to appear in the Benoni and Secunda magistrate’s courts on Wednesday.