The licensing official from Ermelo who sold fake drivers and learner’s licenses to people who did not take the test is facing jail time.
Sello Jerry Thomo (50) was found guilty and sentenced by the Ermelo Magistrate Court on Wednesday 1 June 2022 for 50 counts of corruption and fraud.
LENGTHY INVESTIGATION LEADS TO LICENSING OFFICIAL’S ARREST
Thomo was arrested by members of the Hawks Mpumalanga Serious Corruption Investigation in October 2007.
His sentencing comes after a lengthy investigation by the Hawks.
“During the time, the accused was employed at Ermelo licencing office. He was responsible for issuing learners and driver’s licenses.
“Investigation revealed that the accused person fraudulently issued learners and driving licences to people who were not tested,”said Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi.
She further said that the license holders testified in court that they paid money to get licenses without being tested.
ACCUSED FOUND GUILTY OF FRAUD AND CORRUPTION
Thomo was found guilty of corruption and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment of which three years are suspended for five years. He was also found guilty of fraud and was sentenced to four years imprisonment and the sentences will run concurrently.
Furthermore, the Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Zodwa Mokoena applauded the phenomenal labour by the investigation team.
In addition, she praised the judiciary for securing such a sentence for the people who were supposed to advise the public about road safety by encouraging them to be tested before they receive their licenses.
General Mokoena further acknowledged the true community members who took the courage to stand before the court and testify against the wrongdoers.
She also pleaded with all members of the community to report such types of occurrences.