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Magistrate, doctor and four officials in dock for driving licence fraud

28 April 2021 - 21:32 By Khanyisile Ngcobo
The magistrate allegedly obtained his driving licence fraudulently. Stock photo.
The magistrate allegedly obtained his driving licence fraudulently. Stock photo.
Image: 123RF/milkos

A KwaZulu-Natal magistrate and a doctor were among six suspects who appeared in a Mpumalanga court on Wednesday over the irregular and corrupt issuing of a driving  licence.

Magistrate Bonginkosi Mtshali, Dr Makhomba Nkambule and four licensing officials were arrested in the past two weeks for allegedly conspiring to ensure the licence was issued to Mtshali fraudulently and by flouting regulations.  

They face charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) spokesperson Simon Zwane said the alleged offence was committed in 2018 at the Elukwatini licencing centre.

“Five of the suspects, including the medical doctor, were arrested last week in a joint operation by SAPS and the national traffic anti-corruption unit from the RTMC,” said Zwane.

Mtshali was arrested in Empangeni the week before and made an initial appearance in the Empangeni magistrate's court before his case was moved to Eerstehoek regional court in Mpumalanga. 

The suspects were each released on R2,000 bail. 

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