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Authorities arrest 13 EMPD officials over vehicle license disc scam

Authorities are moving in fast on suspected EMPD officials who accept money to renew vehicle licensing discs by registering them to deceased victims.

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Authorities have pushed up the total of Ekhurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) personnel arrested in a vehicle disc scam syndicate that involves deceased targets, to 13. Nine additional arrests have been made within the last two days.

Who are the EMPD officials involved in the vehicle disc scams?

This comes after four EMPD officials at the Benoni licence department; Simphiwe Lesotho, Monica Sefoka, Sam Gulolo and Sizakele Magagula, were arrested last week. The four have each posted R5 000 and are out.

Thursday saw five more officials arrested at the Alberton and Bedfordview licensing offices by anti-corruption investigators of the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC), National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit, the SAPS Gauteng Special Project Unit, EMPD’s compliance and monitoring unit, and provincial Traffic Police compliance unit.

Germiston licensing station in Wadeville on Friday morning added four additional arrests to the count, including that of a supervisor and administration personnel.

What charged are the EMPD vehicle disc scam suspects face?

According to RTMC spokesperson, Simon Zwane, the alleged suspects face charges of fraud and corruption.

Apparently, after allegedly accepting bribes from motorists who have overdue license disc bills and penalties, the accused would register these vehicles under the information of the unsuspecting or deceased, before re-registering to the real owner.

What losses have the Benoni licensing centre incurred?

The Star ran a report of Bryan Ayers, who had died in 2011, but who acquired a debt of R4 466 in 2012. The owed money was apparently due to unpaid vehicle license discs, while behind dead.

At the Benoni licensing centre alone, the Ekurhuleni council have estimated costs of R600,000.

Zwane claimed that:

“This figure escalates to at least R80-million from other municipalities around the country.”

This issue is quite prevalent in South Africa, where people are able to unlawfully renew their vehicle license discs without following legal processes. It’s amazing what a few thousand rands can get you in this country these days,