Licensing officials in court on fraud, corruption allegations

Eleven licensing officials are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Tuesday on allegations of fraud and corruption.

The officials were arrested in Ladybrand in the Free State, Elukwatini in Mpumalanga and Rayton in Gauteng after a three-year investigation that identified examiners who were fraudulently issuing driver’s licences and roadworthy certificates at various testing stations.

The investigation was initiated by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and registered by the Hawks as a collaborative effort.

‘The investigation has established a link in corruption in all three provinces. The majority of the arrested officials are based at Lengau Testing Centre in Bloemfontein. This is part of ongoing efforts to remove all risk factors that contribute to a high number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on the roads.

‘Investigations continue and more arrests are expected. The RTMC commends all the officers who were involved in th
is investigation. Members of the public are encouraged to report suspected acts of fraud, corruption, and malfeasance to or by WhatsApp to 083 293 7989,’ the Corporation said on Monday.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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