According to reports, five traffic officials, three administration clerks, four jockeys, two examiners and one driving school instructor have been arrested in the Free State for allegedly issuing fraudulent drivers’ licences and vehicle roadworthy certificates.
News 24’s Sesona Ngqakamba, reports that according to provincial police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn, the arrests were made in Bethlehem and Harrismith following an investigation dating back to 2018.
The investigation allegedly emanated from reports that Code 8, 10 and 14 drivers’ licences were illegally issued.
It is alleged that truck licences (Code 14) were issued to individuals who were not physically tested themselves. A so-called “jockey” would conduct the physical test on the applicant’s behalf.
Steyn added that in Limpopo, almost 54 employees and 10 traffic officials from five vehicle testing stations were involved.
Other operations took place in Mpumalanga, Gauteng, the Western Cape and the North West.