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Five bust using fake passports and visas to get licence in Cape Town

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Cape Town – Five immigrants were nabbed at the Goodwood Driving License Testing Centre last week for using fake passports and visas to book for licences tests.

Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith says the men were caught in a joint operation by the City’s Safety and Security Investigations Unit (SSIU) and SAPS.

Smith says: “The men had made appointments for learners and driving license tests using false passports and visas.

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“Staff at the centre alerted the SSIU, who awaited the arrival of the suspects at the centre for their appointments on Wednesday and detained them, with the assistance of SAPS.

“It is unclear whether the forged documents came from a single source – this will form part of the police investigation. The suspects are resident[s] in Observatory, Langa, Delft, Goodwood and Milnerton.”

According to a source, the men from Congo and Malawi got a skrik when they arrived to complete their tests but were instead arrested.

“Some of them came for driver’s licence tests and others came to write their learners tests when they were arrested.

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“They are just the people that are being used by these syndicates who create these fake documents.

“The officials at the centres are coming across more and more fake documents and have reported the matter to the Home Affairs so they can also follow up.

“They were arrested when they arrived and taken to Goodwood SAPS on fraud charges,” says the source.

Smith says the staff should be commended for their vigilance in detecting the irregularities and acting so swiftly.

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