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Zimbabwean man arrested in SA for possession of a fake driver’s licence

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) has arrested a Zimbabwean man for possession of a fake driver’s license after he was stopped for reckless driving in Tembisa.

EMPD spokesperson Constable Marie Mashishi said the driver was stopped after he sped toward oncoming traffic in an attempt to overtake a funeral convoy in the presence of police officers. IOL quotes Mashishi as saying:

On Sunday 19 February 2023 at 10 am, members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department Tembisa precinct, arrested a male suspect in his forties, for possession of a fraudulent driver’s license, in the Lethabong section.

While officers were busy with the funeral escort, from Tembisa to the Mooifontein cemetery, they noticed a white Toyota Quantum minibus taxi with one male occupant, unsafely overtaking the hearse and facing oncoming traffic on Andrew Mapheto Drive near the Tembisa Plaza.

She said the EMPD officers immediately stopped the minibus. She added:

A driver in possession of the Zimbabwean foreign national driver’s licence, was handcuffed after officers picked up that, the driver’s license produced, was false. Necessary arrangements were made, for the minibus taxi, to end up at the owner’s hands, while the suspect was marched to the Tembisa police station.

A charge of ‘possession of a fraudulent driver’s licence’, was registered against the suspect and he is expected to appear at the Rabasotho/Tembisa Magistrate’s Court soon.

The penalties for possessing a fake driver’s license in South Africa can vary depending on the specific circumstances and the severity of the offence.

Offenders could face fines, imprisonment, or both, as well as having their fake licenses confiscated.

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