POLICE ARREST MORE SUSPECTS IN THE ALLEGED FRAUDULENT REGISTRATION OF IMPORTED SECOND-HAND VEHICLES BUSTED NEWS UPDATE: The South African Police Services (SAPS) have made a breakthrough and arrested three more suspects in the clamp down on a
syndicate allegedly involved in the fraudulent registration of imported second-hand vehicles.
The three suspects were arrested late Thursday bringing the number of apprehended suspects in a pre-dawn swoop in Eastern Cape to fifteen.
The fifteen suspects, includes three Eastern Cape department of transport help desk officials, two SAPS members from the vehicle clearance office, one official from the Komga registering authority, one examiner from a privately-own vehicle testing station and four middlemen (runners) were arrested and are expected to appear
at Komga magistrate court for bail application Friday, 5 July 2019.
It has been established that a syndicate involving foreign nationals, the Eastern Cape department of transport help desk officials, South African Police Service members and vehicle testing stations allegedly colluded in an elaborate scheme where imported second-hand vehicles destined for neighbouring countries were being fraudulently sold and registered in South Africa.
It is alleged that the syndicate colluded to fraudulently produce official documents such as traffic registers, police clearance certificates and roadworthy certificates to enable the vehicles to be introduced on the eNatis as rebuilds.
Search and seizure operations were conducted Wednesday in the Eastern Cape towns of East London, King Williams Town and Komga where documents and computers were confiscated for further investigation.
Members of the task team have also seized more than 400 vehicles.
The investigations continue and we don't rule out more suspects being arrested.
Members of the public who have information about the sale and registration of imported second-hand vehicles are urged to assist the investigation by contacting the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit 0861 400 800 on or email email@example.com.
All information will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.