Top Traffic Official Nabbed for Illicit licensing Scheme


BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed about the arrest of a senior traffic official in connection with an illicit licensing Scheme.

As informed, Members of the Hawks’ Anticorruption unit arrested the 47-year-old suspect in De Aar after he was linked to the illicit licensing scheme.

Earlier this month, the illicit licensing scheme resulted in the arrest of one Elton Abrahams (33) and the seizure of about R3.7 million in cash.

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SAPS related that the arrest of the senior traffic official follows multifaceted investigations into the alleged illegal licensing scheme which focused on processing roadworthy certificates particularly for big trucks and buses.

The traffic official is expected to appear before the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Friday alongside Abrahams. There, they’ll face charges of fraud and corruption.

SAPS added that investigations into the illicit licensing scheme will continue in several provinces and that more arrests are expected.

In a separate incident, members of Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal arrested a public prosecutor for demanding money from a complainant.

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Confirming the arrest, Hawks’ spokesperson, Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said:

“Hawks members of Serious Corruption Investigations arrested Mduduzi Funeka, 40, who is a public prosecutor at Ixopo Magistrate’s Court for corruption.”

According to Mhlongo, Hawks received information that Funeka demanded money from a complainant in order not to charge him in a case of stock theft.

Afterwards, they initiated an undercover operation which led to Funeka being caught while he was receiving the cash he demanded.

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He was subsequently arrested inside the court premises and later appeared before the Durban Specialised Commercial Court where he was granted bail for R1,000.

The public prosecutor is expected to make his second court appearance for the crime in January 2017.