Short-sighted Frauds

What people won’t do to get a licence! A 19-year-old man who does not have a learner licence tried to book an appointment for a truck driver’s licence on Monday 27 March. It was not the man’s lucky day, however.

Licence looked like a photocopy
A staff member at the Milnerton Driving Licence Testing Centre’s help desk became suspicious when the man tried to make a booking for his C1 truck licence. She noticed that his learner’s licence appeared to have been photocopied. She checked his credentials on eNaTIS. What she saw confirmed her suspicions: the document in his possession was fake. He was arrested and detained at the Milnerton police station.

Got someone else to write the test
This case is not a flash in the pan. According to the City of Cape Town another fraud attempt took place at the Durbanville Driving Licence Testing Centre a few weeks ago. Officials noticed that the person writing the learner’s licence test was not the original applicant. The testing centre manager investigated and discovered that the applicant had asked a friend to write the test on his behalf.

The applicant had apparently done so, “as he has a sight issue and was not adequately prepared to complete the written test himself.” The short-sighted applicant meanwhile waited outside the Testing Centre for his friend. This was a test with an unhappy outcome.

The two suspects were arrested on a charge of fraud and detained at the Durbanville police station. They were granted bail of R2 000 each and will appear in court again on 10 April 2017.



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