Case against De Aar officer linked to illegal licensing scheme postponed

Over R2 million in cash, two vehicles & several ID documents were recovered during a raid at Elton Abrahams’s Belhar home.

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CAPE TOWN – The vehicle licensing fraud case against a De Aar traffic officer and Belhar resident has been postponed to February next year for further investigation.

It’s alleged the two men were running an illicit licensing and police clearance operation.

The Hawks expect to make more arrests as the illegal network affects several provinces.

Over R2 million in cash, two vehicles and several identity documents were recovered during a raid at Elton Abrahams’s Belhar home last month.

On Wednesday, police arrested De Aar traffic officer Thembile Daphula who is allegedly linked to the vehicle licensing syndicate.

Daphula's arrest follows a Hawks probe into a licencing scam that involved the processing of roadworthy certificates for trucks and buses.

Abrahams and Daphula have been released on R30,000 and R5,000 bail respectively.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)