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Cape Town - Four City of Cape Town officials facing over 100 charges of fraudulently issuing vehicle registration licences, mainly to taxi bosses, appeared briefly in court on Tuesday.

Farouk Martin, 30, Sivuyile Charlie, 33, Xolani Qhinga, 35, and Lwandiso Mawisa, 31, stood quietly in the dock of the Cape Town Magistrate’s court on Monday as the State asked for a postponement of the matter for further investigation.

“Given the magnitude of the charges and the magnitude of the investigation, I shall grant a remand in this matter,” said Magistrate Grant Engel.

The State said it still needed to interview another 120 witnesses in the matter.

The four, who are out on R3000 bail each, will appear in court again on October 22.

They were arrested in July. At the time, the City of Cape Town said further arrests were imminent.

An internal probe by the City found that at least seven of its officials were involved in the scam. Three of the officials had resigned before action could be taken against them.

The City believes the officials bypassed the E-Natis system and issued the vehicle registration licences, mostly to taxi owners who were blocked from having a licence issued to them because they had outstanding traffic fines and warrants of arrest against them.

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