JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, announced on Monday that, two private vehicle testing stations in Soweto and Pretoria were shut down on Friday due to alleged fraudulent and corrupt practices.
In a statement said by Vadi “The Innovative Roadworthy Testing Station in Soweto, owned by Themba Nxumalo, and the Hercules Roadworthy Centre in Pretoria, jointly owned by Ahmed Suliman Ismail and Afzal Abramjee, were closed down on Friday after an investigation by the provincial roads and transport department”.
“As part of the Gauteng government’s commitment to improving road safety and its zero-tolerance approach towards fraud and corruption the registration certificates of these two testing stations were cancelled on 1 March,” said Vadi.
The arrest came as a result of lengthy investigation by his department, which was triggered by the arrests in October 2017 with eight employees of the Officials.
It was alleged that the suspects fraudulently and irregularly issued roadworthy certificates to vehicles that were not physically taken to the testing stations for examination.
“Vehicles that are not roadworthy contribute to the high accident rates and fatalities on our roads. Testing stations that issue fraudulent roadworthy certificates are complicit in this regard,” said Vadi.
“We are acting in the public interest by preventing cars that are not roadworthy from driving on public roads where they could endanger the lives of the public,” he added.
– African News Agency (ANA)