Man bust for illegal licensing, clearance and R5m



November 15, 2016
Man bust for illegal licensing, clearance and R5m

CONFISCATED: R5 million cash

The Belhar man had more than R5 million of hard cash in his house.

A man who allegedly ran an illegal licensing and police clearance operation has been busted at his home, where cops also found over R5 million in cash.

Elton Abrahams, 33, from Belhar, appeared in the Bellville Magistrates’ Court today on charges of money laundering, corruption and racketeering.

A police source tells the Daily Voice the suspect works for a notorious Cape Flats gang boss.

Police clearance is a certificate cops issue to mense who require confirmation on their criminal status for immigration purposes or for working abroad.

Fingerprinting is required and the issuing of a Clearance Certificate is the sole responsibility of the SAPS Criminal Record Centre in Pretoria.

The suspect was bust Sunday following an investigation by the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) and the Department of Transport.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha says cash, cars and identity documents were also seized.

“Almost R5.3 million cash, several ID documents as well as two vehicles were seized during the search and seizure operation,” Ramovha says.

“The suspect, who was allegedly running an illicit licensing and police clearance operation, was arrested by the Unit’s Anti-Corruption members at his home in Belhar on Sunday.

“Investigation continues and possibility of more arrests cannot be ruled out.”

A well-placed police source says the suspect launders money for gangsters.

“He was mainly involved in back door licence clearance. There’s always luxury cars parked outside the house,” says the insider.

Yesterday there was no movement outside the closed up house.

A resident who lives close by said she “can’t say where the people are”.

Acting Head of the Hawks in the Western Cape, Brigadier Mzwandile Ndlovu, welcomed the arrest saying this was “a telling blow to the underworld.”

The matter was postponed until November 22 for bail information.

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