Ten licensing officials have been arrested and are to appear in court this morning following a wide-ranging investigation into the licensing of stolen vehicle.

The suspects were rounded up in an all-day operation led by the Hawks and supported by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit of the Road Traffic Management Corporation yesterday.

They arrests took place in three licensing bureaus in Gauteng, namely Mogale City, Roodepoort and Langlaagte.

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This followed an investigation into the theft of vehicles in Cape Town and re-registration in Gauteng in a syndicated manner. It is alleged that the officials irregularly issued duplicate registration certificates for stolen vehicles thus allowing the vehicles to be unlawfully re-registered in the names of new owners.

All the suspects have been detained at Norwoord police station pending their appearance at the Johannesburg magistrate court this morning.

Issued by The Road Traffic Management Corporation

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