A motor vehicle examiner from a private roadworthiness centre is to appear in the Roodepoort magistrate court in Gauteng on Monday morning on charges of fraud.
The 57 year-old was arrested on Friday on allegations that he had issued a roadworthy
certificate to an un-roadworthy vehicle that he never subjected to the required examination.
Members of the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s corruption fighting unit, the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit, initiated an investigation after receiving information from the Free State Traffic Department that an impounded vehicle had obtained a roadworthiness certificate while standing at their pound.
The vehicle was impounded in Reddersburg, (Free State) on September 08 after traffic
officers found multi faults with it. Five days later the owners tried to have the vehicle released after obtaining a roadworthiness certificate from a private testing station in Gauteng.
Members of NTACU, together with the South Police Service Gauteng special task team and
the Gauteng Traffic Police compliance unit raided the private station on Friday and arrested the man who had signed the roadworthy certificate.
Un-roadworthy vehicles are a major challenge on South African roads and contribute
immensely to road crashes and fatalities.