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'Stopping corruption at traffic dept will stabilise taxi industry'

Officials were arrested and stand accused of soliciting bribes in exchange for fraudulently obtained licences.

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 - The City of Cape Town is confident rooting out allegedly corrupt traffic licencing administrators will go a long way to stabilise the taxi industry.

Three officials were arrested on Monday following a forensic investigation into a suspected licencing scam dating back to 2013.

The fourth, a woman, was arrested late last night.

The four are believed to have solicited bribes amounting to at least R100,000 from taxi operators and others in exchange for fraudulently obtained licences.

The City's JP Smith said cleaning up the traffic department will strengthen the public transport regulatory system.

"If we take the means for them to be able to run the operations away and we target them, then it restores increasing level of credibility and law abidingness to the industry."

The City said more officials will be arrested in connection with the matter.

LISTEN: JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety & Security in the City of Cape Town, talks about the arrest of four officials in connection the issuing of fraudulent vehicle licenses.