Cape Town - A 38-year-old man is facing fraud charges after he was caught cheating on his learner's licence exam at the Gordon’s Bay Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) .
The incident happened at around 10am on Thursday.
According to City of Cape Town Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith, the suspect was caught red-handed by the manager at the centre who was invigilating the test.
"He noticed that the suspect was answering the questions without reading the questions in his test book.
"The manager further noticed the suspect leaning back in his chair and looking at something in his lap, which later turned out to be a crib note with all of the answers."
The manager then confronted the suspect before removing from the testing centre.
A case of fraud was opened at the Gordon’s Bay testing centre.
Smith said of the incidents, "It is unfortunate that some applicants take shortcuts in this manner. If they get away with it, it means that they end up on the roads, behind the wheel of a vehicle, posing a danger to themselves and others. If they get caught, they end up with a criminal record like the two gentlemen who were sentenced in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court in August after one had convinced the other to write the learner’s test on his behalf.
"I know that for many individuals, a driving licence is a ticket to employment and economic opportunities. However, trying to get there using illegal means can actually put paid to those opportunities, so I implore our applicants to rather postpone the test, make sure they’re adequately prepared and get their learner's licence the right way."
The latest incident comes after City of Cape Town examiners caught two other people cheating at the city's various centres; a 26-year-old Langa resident, who was arrested for cheating on his learner's licence test at the Milnerton DLTC and a 31-year-old Delft resident, who was also caught and arrested at the same centre.