Nine people suspected of being part of a driver’s license fraud syndicate were arrested during a raid in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.
Armed with search warrants, the police raided the offices of the Oudtshoorn traffic service and the homes of the suspects on Saturday.
All nine are charged with fraud, corruption, violation of the Road Traffic Act and money laundering.
“The arrests involved both employees of the traffic department of Oudtshoorn and the owner and employees of a local driving school in Oudtshoorn.
“This stems from covert operations conducted over a period of time based on allegations that the suspects are part of an organized syndicate, where student and/or driver’s licenses were issued to applicants in exchange for gratification, using the local driving school said police spokesman. Captain Malcolm Pojie.
A Mercedes truck, sedan, cell phones, computer equipment and an undisclosed amount of money were seized in the raid.
The suspects, aged between 34 and 61, are expected to appear before the Oudtshoorn court on Monday.
“The raid was part of Operation Vura and involved several departments, including specialized SAPS units, such as cybercrime, crime intelligence and the provincial commercial crime investigations, as well as the Western Cape Department of Transport,” Pojie said.
Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile welcomed the arrests.
“Their unauthorized acts and greed add to the danger to all road users and pedestrians. We commend all members involved for their diligence and commitment to book these suspects as well.”