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Traffic officials nabbed for selling fake licenses

Traffic officials nabbed for selling fake licenses

The Hawks have confirmed the arrest of three traffic officials in connection with the issuing of fake driver and learner licenses in Port Alfred and Adelaide and Alexandria.

In a statement, Hawks spokesperson Major Robert Netshiunda said the officials, including an ex-officer turned driving school owner in Alexandria as well as an employee, were taken into custody on Tuesday following an investigation that first started in 2014.

According to Netshiunda, the officials would issue the fake permits at a cost of R6 000 each, where after the driving school owner would act as a middleman to recruit customers.

“The driving school was used to disguise the illegal activities as they did not teach their students how to drive, but arrange for them fraudulent documents at a cost,” Netshiunda said.

Two of the suspects and the driving school employee appeared in the Bedford Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, while the remaining official and driving school owner were released on bail of R1 000 and R6 000 respectively. They are expected back in court on March 17th and April 20th.

Police are also continuing to search for another suspect who escaped as the arrests were taking place. Four vehicles were also confiscated.