The past couple of weeks have been hell for Volkswagen whose top executives are facing charges in Germany. The car maker suspended three engineers last week after industry regulators discovered that Volks has been manipulating car tests over recent few years. Investigators called it “allegations of fraud in the sale of cars with manipulated emissions data.”
While Martin Winterkorn resigned on Wednesday after a 9-year stay with the German auto firm, the former Volkswagen boss now faces criminal cases on fraud counts having played a major role in the rigging which authorities said affected about 2.8 million cars.
Reuters on Monday reported that South African regulators have launched a probe into the company’s behaviors in the country.
South Africa’s National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) said it will partner with the environmental affairs and transport ministries to assess vehicles’ compliance with emissions regulations.
“Should we find out that the tests that were provided to us were non-compliant, that’s when the sanctioning process will have to start,” said GM of the auto department at the NRCS, Temba Kaula.
Volkswagen admittedly installed “defeat” systems into its cars in order to alter vehicles’ performance during pollution tests, the United States Environmental Protection Agency said on September 19th.