Hawks arrest roadworthy fraudster

Media statement from SAPS: directorate for priority crime investigation (HAWKS):

Businessman arrested for fraud

EAST LONDON – Mxolisi Rich Klaas (67) appeared briefly at the East London Magistrate court on Thursday (May 25) for fraud and corruption after he was arrested during the same day by the Serious Anti-Corruption wing of the Hawks.

It is alleged that Klaas, a self-employed businessman who buys and sells vehicles, fraudulently sold vehicle roadworthy certificates to members of the public, without having tested the vehicles.

He allegedly demanded almost R800 for his services. The court granted Klaas R1000 bail and his next court appearance will be on June 26 this year.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Head for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation said the following, “It is not surprising why every day we have accidents in our public roads. We have recently lost 19 school children in Mpumalanga and approximately 10 people on the R63 between Komga and Bhisho.  It is because of these roadworthy certificates which are issued behind closed doors by incompetent authorities who are self-appointed and are driven by greed. I applaud my team for a job well done of apprehending this suspect. I hope more information will be revealed, particularly, information concerning accomplices. I want to ensure that the people of the Eastern Cape are safe.”

Enquiries: Captain Anelisa Feni at 071 481 3251.

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