‘City of CT won't tolerate officials who break the law’

Four city officials allegedly issued fraudulent licenses to taxi operators since 2013 in exchange for bribes.

FILE: 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 has reiterated it will not hesitate to take action against employees who break the law.

Four city officials employed in the city's vehicle registration department are out on bail after their arrest on charges of fraud and corruption.

They allegedly issued fraudulent licenses to taxi operators since 2013, in exchange for bribes amounting to at least R100,000.

The four city employees embroiled in the alleged licensing scam were released on R3000 bail each yesterday.

They face 118 charges of fraud and corruption.

The state says more charges could be added.

The city's JP Smith believes they have a strong case against the accused.

"It is important that we send out a loud and clear warning to other officials that we won't tolerate this."

Three of the officials were apprehended at the Civic Centre on Monday.

A fourth accused was taken into custody at his home in Khayelitsha later that evening.

The matter continues on 22 September.

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