Seventeen officials from the Nirvana Vehicle Testing Station and the Polokwane Private Vehicle Testing Station, who were arrested on Thursday the 17th have appeared before the Polokwane magistrate.
This, after their arrest during Operation Corolla, which was conducted by the Hawks, Serious Corruption Investigation Unit, in collaboration with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and the Special Investigative Unit (SIU).
When the team arrived at the testing stations, they caught some of the officials in the process of burning and destroying evidence. Some of the documents were found hidden in their private vehicles on the premises. Vehicle testing stations' owners, managers, examiners and administration clerks are among those who were apprehended. The accused are alleged to have used the identity particulars of unsuspecting individuals to issue roadworthy certificates for scores of vehicles that were never brought to the station for physical examination.
The arrests bring the number of people arrested at testing stations to 31. The 17 accused will appear in on 27th of November.
The arrests come after three Limpopo traffic officers were arrested after they contravened their bail conditions by committing offence similar to the one they had been arrested for earlier this year. A fourth colleague was also arrested. They were all arrested for issuing fraudulent roadworthy certificates by using personal details of unsuspecting victims to authorise the certificates.
One of the suspects that were arrested earlier this year is from Botlokwa, we are unable to reveal the name of the suspect at this stage. All 4 suspects have appeared in Lephalale magistrate court.