Durban - Twelve suspects - including police officers - allegedly involved in the fraudulent registration of imported second-hand vehicles were arrested in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has said.
According to RTMC spokesperson, Simon Zwane, pre-dawn raids took place in East London, King Williams Town and Komga that also led to 400 vehicles being confiscated.
The arrests followed a year-long investigation initiated by the RTMC's National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit (NTACU), said Zwane.
The investigation identified hundreds of imported second-hand vehicles that had been fraudulently introduced into the national traffic information system (Natis) as rebuilds.
"A task teams comprising members of NTACU, the Eastern Cape branch of the Special Investigations Unit and the South African Police Services' anti-corruption unit, crime intelligence, and the vehicle crime investigation unit conducted further investigations and identified key suspects involved in the syndicate," said Zwane.