CT’s SIU clamps down on illegal traffic licencing operation

Three City of Cape Town traffic officials have been arrested on charges of fraud and corruption.

Three City of Cape Town traffic officials are marched out of the Civic Centre after they were arrested for fraud and corruption on 13 July 2015. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town's special investigating unit believes it has made a major breakthrough against an illegal traffic licencing operation, following the arrest of three traffic officials.

Three clerks have been arrested on charges of fraud and corruption outside the city's civic centre, and are being processed at the Cape Town Central Police Station.

The men are believed to have illegally issued licences to taxi operators and others since 2013.

The alleged fraud amounts to at least R100,000.

The City says a further four officials will be arrested in connection with the matter.

Collectively, the group will face 118 charges of fraud, corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

Mayoral Committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, has warned that even more arrests can be expected.

"The transaction lives on in the system and was detected and is being investigated by the city's investigation unit in conjunction with the police. We are determined to keep our system corruption free and this is a critical mechanism in vehicle licensing."

City bosses have welcomed the arrests following a high level forensic investigation into the traffic department.