13 Limpopo ANC officials lost their jobs due to their involvement in a R7.4 million fraud in the province’s transport department.

As informed, 10 officials resigned after investigations were launched when allegations related to the fraud emerged.

The Limpopo transport department had to dismiss the remaining officials.

According to the department’s spokesperson, Joshua Kwapa, the officials stole R7.4 million from its traffic summons account.

Kwapa confirmed that 10 officials resigned whereas 3 were relieved of their duties. He added that another officer is going through a disciplinary hearing and, that the fraud was exposed by the department’s anti-fraud and corruption unit.

It is said that the suspects were contravention, traffic and revenue officers. They were collecting postal order payments destined for various traffic stations from post offices in the province.

Kwapa related that the officers would redeem the postal order but won’t remit the money into the department’s account.

“It was further discovered that some officials reduced amounts on summonses, even though the traffic offenders sent the correct amount on postal orders, for their own selfish benefit.

“The investigation and the breakthrough followed information that revenue was lost at various traffic stations at the district offices,” stated the spokesperson.

The department opened criminal cases against the officials through the commercial crimes unit when it emerged that the officials diverted the for their personal gain.