Two people have been arrested in Protea Glen Ext 2, Soweto for retailing illegal trading permits and permits for movement around the city and the country. Joburg law enforcement officers conducted raids in and around Soweto on Monday 20 April 2020. This follows a tip-off about people selling fake essential service permits to traders to trade.
Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar states that the “suspects have been selling permits to traders for R300 each. The suspects were also making medical certificates that employees can handover at work. The councilor, whose name appears on the permit alert us, that’s how we were able to trace the source of where these permits were being made,” Minnaar said.
City of Johannesburg spokesperson Nthatise Modingoane, exclaimed that “our teams have conducted raids in and around Soweto, that’s where they got hold of many fake permits from different individuals. These permits has the name , signature and contact numbers of Councilor Sithole. However, they called the councilor to ask if his the one distributing the fake permits however, the councilor denied and addressed that his not entitled to produce any documents on behalf of the city of Johannesburg.
However, The Undercover EMPD officers lured the suspects by working with an ordinary man and gave him R300 worth of serial identified bank notes to buy the illegal permits , immediately after the transaction was completed, the officers ambushed the internet café called “ God’s Son Internet” to confirm the illegal operation.
Yet, A computer was confiscated and fraudulent permits were also found at the house. The man arrested also produced permits which enable people to move from one province to another.
“We arrested one person in relation to the fraudulent document. Another person was arrested for contravening the lockdown regulations. He was at an internet Café working on a computer and that is not allowed,” said City of Johannesburg spokesperson Nthatise Modingoane.
Furthermore, The Government allowed informal traders to do business only with permission given by municipalities. The City of Johannesburg has been issuing the permits but to informal traders who are already formally registered with the council.And the charge was made at Protea Glen Police Station.