BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed about the arrest of six Johannesburg officials for fraudulent and corrupt activities which resulted in the loss of over R4 million.
South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed this disclosing that the six Johannesburg officials aged between 28 and 53, were arrested on Thursday morning by Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime investigation team.
The arrest follows the on-going intelligence driven investigation which started in March 2013.
While three of the suspects from Langlaagte and Midrand Licencing Department were arrested at their residences in Soweto and Florida, others handed themselves in at Hawks office in Johannesburg accompanied by their attorneys.
From our gatherings, the six Johannesburg officials are Victor Nkosi, Nompumelelo Olifant, Quimaal Sallie, Andre Witte, Mildred Njody, and Micah Moyo.
They reportedly colluded with applicants and removed outstanding traffic fines from the system in order to renew drivers’ licences or licence discs in exchange for bribe monies.
The suspects appeared before Johannesburg’s Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday afternoon for fraud and corruption; and, were each granted R5000 bail.
Victor Nkosi, Nompumelelo Olifant, Quimaal Sallie and Andre Witte’s case was postponed to 14 February 2017. Likewise, Mildred Njody, and Micah Moyo’s case will be heard on 1st March 2017.
The latest arrest brings to fourteen the number of suspects arrested thus far.
Commenting, Gauteng Provincial Head for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Prince Mokotedi welcomed the arrest and applauded Hawks members for their efforts in investigating the case.
“We are making a significance inroads in addressing corruption within law enforcement agencies. We will continue to work with our counterparts to strengthen good and clean governance in the public sector,” he said and added that more arrests are imminent.
Earlier this month, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that 113 officials are being investigated for engaging in fraudulent and corrupt activities at driver testing centers across the country.
Then, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi praised Hawks and welcomed the investigations into the alleged corrupt activities of officials at various driver testing centres.
“…Investigations into alleged fraud and corrupt activities at driver testing centres in Johannesburg is fully supported by the provincial government and we will work closely with the city’s leadership in breaking criminal syndicates linked to these centres.
“Any action aimed at combating corruption is in the public interest and will be supported by the provincial department of roads and transport,” stated Vadi.