Six Benoni licensing officers arrested

Johannesburg – Ekurhuleni executive mayor, Mzwandile Masina, has issued a stern warning that more arrests were imminent to root out fraud and corruption in the city following the arrest of six officers at Benoni’s Licensing Department office on Tuesday.

“We have said it that our administration has no room for fraud and corruption and this development shows that we meant what we said,” Masina said in a statement.

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“We will continue working consistently to root out corruption. My message to all employees is that if you are engaging in corrupt activities, stop it now or risk going to jail. We appreciate the work done by the hawks and all role players who made this operation a success.”

The Hawks pounced on the six officials and arrested them for selling driving and learner licences following lengthy investigations in the office that were conducted since early this year.

The six officials were detained in custody and would appear at the Benoni Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with fraud and corruption.

The Hawks spokesperson, Captain Sfiso Nyakane, confirmed the arrests and said two driving school owners were on the run.

Masina said his administration would leave no stone unturned, saying the days of fraud and corruption were over.

“Our investigations are working tirelessly to reveal relationships between the corruptors and those willing to be corrupted because ours is to ensure that we run a clean government,” Masina said.

Masina gave an undertaking that the arrests would not impact on service delivery at the Benoni Licensing Department as measures have been put in place to close the gap left by those arrested.