The group, which included a female, appeared on Tuesday to face charges of fraud, racketeering, corruption, contravention of the Road Traffic Act and issuing false drivers’ licenses.
”It is alleged that the syndicate has been operating since 2012. One of the suspect’s was charged in 2008 for similar offences but was acquitted at the time. Police have also confiscated the vehicles belonging to the suspects,” said Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
Desmond Mjandana, 42, Stoffel Khabaliso, 59, Janie Johannes, 57, Puleng Mokhethi, 47, Mandisa Mqwebedu, 48, Simon Vywers, 46 and Xolile Stonga, 51 were arrested on Monday after police follwed up on information about corrupt activities at a traffic department.
Mokhethi, Mqwebedu, Vywers and Stonga are traffic officials.The officials are alleged to have issued false drivers licenses and registered unroadworthy vehicles in exchange for bribes.
The officials were granted bail of R2500 each while the others got R1000 bail each. They were expected back in court on August 14.