2017/01/26 Gopolang Leepile
This comes after the department concluded an investigation which took about two years to complete and found that over 2 791 fraudulent transactions were conducted, involving 394 officials in the syndicated crime.
MEC Vadi said: “This investigation shows a clear trend of syndicated crime that involves from MVRAs in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng and West Rand.”
He revealed that the department’s investigations started in 2013 when it was discovered that “ghost users” were created on the eNatis system by two departmental employees for the purpose of defrauding the license fees fund.
eNatis is a system that prevents the renewal of a motor vehicle license if there are any outstanding license fees or fines captured against the applicant’s identity number. It only performs the renewal transaction once the outstanding amount is paid.
MEC Vadi explained that the officials involved allegedly removed the outstanding fees of drivers and ‘dumped’ them onto another vehicle owner’s name, who at most instances were a deceased person’s or inactive vehicle records.
“The protracted investigations have revealed that this is an elaborate syndicate scam involving identified government employees, private individuals, transport companies, used car dealerships, vehicle registration companies, taxi operator and selected businesses,” he added.
Over 19 officials from MVRAs in Kliptown, Mabopane and Temba will be suspended and prosecuted by the department, for the loss of R6.2 million involving over 304 transactions.
MEC Vadi further added that the large-scale investigation they have conducted involved all MVRAs in the province and suspension and disciplinary proceedings instituted would have an effect on the level of services to the community but promised to ensure smooth continuity of services without any disruptions to the public.
“The department will be reinstating the dumped amounts onto the accounts of the identified vehicle owners and criminal charges could possibly be instituted against the private individuals and businesses involved in the scam,” MEC Vadi concluded.