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Man arrested for selling fraudulent essential service permits

A 41-year-old man has been nabbed in Diepkloof, Soweto for allegedly selling illegal essential service permits and motor vehicle licensing documents. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday during a sting operation by Gauteng Traffic Police and the South African Police Crime Intelligence unit.

It is alleged the man was caught red handed while printing illegal Covid-19 lockdown essential services permits. Spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Community Safety Ofentse Morwane applauded law enforcement agencies for the swift arrest.

“We commend our law enforcement agencies for the swift arrest of this fraudster who is robbing our people of their hard-earned money in exchange of fraudulent documents,” said Morwane.

The Gauteng Department of Community Safety has warnedmembers of the public to refrain from buying and using illegal documents during the lockdown period.

“The Department of Community Safety appeals to people to refrain from purchasing and using these fraudulent documents to circumvent movement limitations imposed by the Covid-19 national Lockdown regulations. Sadly, this is a serious contravention of the Covid-19 national Lockdown regulations,”said Morwane.

He said that only authorised state institutions and organisations are permitted to produce permits meaning that anyone found with illegal documents will face the long arm of the low.

“Nobody is allowed to produce permits except authorized state institutions and organisations. Anyone found in possession of fraudulent documents during this lockdown period and beyond will face the full might of the law,” said Morwane.

The suspect is detained at the Diepkloof Police Station. Morwane said the suspect is due to appear at Orlando magistrate court soon to face fraud charges and violating lockdown regulations.  

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