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Roadworthy Certificate Fraudsters Arrested

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Four vehicles examiners have been arrested – allegedly for fraudulently processing roadworthy certificates for vehicles in Claysville outside Tembisa, in Gauteng.

A joint operation by the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit, the South Africa Police Service’s Organised Crime Unit and Gauteng Traffic’s Compliance Unit made the arrests on Monday at a privately owned testing station.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said the four suspects are expected to appear in court on Wednesday on charges of corruption and fraud.

The arrests follow an investigation which uncovered a scam in which the identity document of a 64-year-old bed-ridden man was allegedly used to fraudulently process roadworthy certificates for hundreds of vehicles.

It is alleged that the vehicles were never physically examined before the certificates were issued.

“These arrests bring the number of suspects arrested in different private roadworthy centres to about 20 in the last three months.

“Un-roadworthy vehicles pose a major danger on the roads and contribute to a significant number of accidents,” RTMC said.

The RTMC is working with other law enforcement agencies to minimise the number of such vehicles on the roads in a concerted effort to make South African roads safe. –