CT licencing scam: Defence calls for matter to be shelved

At least 120 people need to be interviewed as part of the probe, but 8 witness statements were obtained.

FILE: A Cape Town Traffic Services official issues a fine to a driver caught using her cellphone behind the wheel in July 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The defence for four City of Cape Town traffic officials implicated in a licencing scam has called for the matter to be struck off the roll until the state finalises its investigation.

The officials who have been suspended, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court today.

The Motor Vehicle Registration Department employees were arrested in July following an investigation into irregular transactions.

State prosecutor Andy Hess told the court 120 people need to be interviewed as part of their investigation.

So far, statements from only eight witnesses have however been obtained.

Hess therefore called for the matter to be postponed.

But the defence's Andre Johnstone objected, and called for the matter to be struck off the roll instead, until the state finishes its investigation.

Johnstone labelled it absurd that the investigation isn't anywhere near completion.

The court however granted the state's request and remanded the matter to next month.