CT traffic officials due in court tomorrow

Five city employees have been nabbed over the past three months for corruption and fraud.

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 - A driver's licence testing official and a driving instructor are due to appear in court on Thursday on charges of fraud and corruption.

A local businessman recently complained to Cape Talk that one of his employees was guaranteed a driver's licence in exchange for cash. This led to yesterday's arrests.

Acting on a tip-off, the City of Cape Town's special investigations unit, along with the Hawks, raided the female traffic official's office yesterday.

They confiscated a substantial amount of cash and licensing documents before arresting the woman.

It's alleged the traffic official solicited a bribe of over R3,000 in return for a driver's licence. The official is based at the New Ottery testing centre.

A driving instructor was also taken into custody.

The city's JP Smith said, "I want to commend the applicant and his manager for flagging the issue with us. The city will not tolerate corruption in any of its ranks."

Smith says yesterday's arrest brings to five the number of city employees nabbed over the past three months for corruption and fraud.