She said the man claimed all the passengers were due to attend the same funeral, which raised red flags with police officers at the Aberdeen provincial border Covid-19 checkpoint.
“An investigation ensued, leading to the arrest on April 17. This will go a long way in the fight against the increasing number of Covid-19 infections in the province,” Tikana-Gxothiwe said.
She said the movement of people from one province to another, especially from the Western Cape, was one of the Eastern Cape’s biggest problems in the fight against Covid-19.
She said an investigation into the possibility of government officials being involved in the scam was at an advanced stage as the fraudulent permits had official stamps.
Police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo confirmed the arrest of the taxi owner.
“The accused is alleged to have fraudulently issued permits to persons travelling between the Eastern Cape and Western Cape for funerals that were not even taking place.