Concerted efforts to eradicate corruption within civil society and state departments are still yielding positive results following the arrests five (5) suspects in connection with an alleged illicit learner driver’s scam involving former traffic officials of Prince Albert and driving school owners from the Eastern Cape, as far as from East London.
The latest breakthrough is an extension of SAPS’ Operation Vura which was initiated in July 2021 by Western Cape Provincial Detectives’ Commercial Crime Investigation in collaboration with Crime Intelligence and the Western Cape department of Transport as a court-driven initiative, culminated with the takedown of nine suspects between the ages of 34 and 61 on Friday, 18 February 2022 in Oudtshoorn. This case is already before court.
On Thursday, 26 May 2022, the same investigation team consisting of specialised units such as, Cyber Crime, Crime Intelligence and Provincial Commercial Crime Investigations as well as the Department of Transport Western Cape, pounced on the residence of the suspects implicated and arrested the five in Cradock, Queens Town, Humansdorp and Beaufort-West.
These arrest includes a former Traffic Chief at Prins Albert, a traffic official and three Driving school owners from the Eastern Cape.
These arrests stems from intricate but thorough investigation by the integrated investigation team determined to get to the bottom of an organized syndicate whereby learner driver’s licences were issued to applicants in return for gratification, using various driving schools and officials.
Subsequent to their arrest yesterday, the five between the ages of 26 and 57, made their first court appearance in the Prince Albert Magistrates’ court earlier on Friday, 27 May 2022, on charges related to the Contraventions of the Road Traffic Act, Fraud, Corruption And Contravention Of POCA.
The five were granted bail to the amount of R3000.00 each with conditions not to interfere with state witnesses. The matter was remanded to 19 July 2022 for further investigation.
Western Cape Provincial management has lauded all the members involved for their diligence and commitment to bring these suspects to book. Their illicit acts and greed contributes to the endangerment to all road users and pedestrians alike.