Driving instructor accused of bribery

2011-09-13 00:00

THE Transport Department is investigating whether driving instructors and examiners are taking bribes from learners being tested at the Pinetown testing station.

A senior traffic official was tipped off on Friday that an instructor was taking bribes from his learner drivers.

An anonymous caller gave a traffic official details of the truck and the name of the instructor.

The official, who declined to be named, said, “I received a call about alleged bribery taking place at Pinetown testing station and that person knew exactly what he was talking because he gave me all the necessary information.”

He said he headed straight to Pinetown.

The instructor in question denied taking bribes, but when the official approached the learner he admitted paying a bribe.

“When I asked if had paid the money that he was supposed to have paid he told me not worry because he had paid the R1 500 to the instructor as he was told,” he said.

He said that when confronted with the learner’s confession the instructor “told me the money was in the truck”.

He said they made photocopies of the money and the learner driver was issued with his licence, although he will be retested to make sure he is competent.

“We were unable to link our examiner to this matter. However, we have begun our internal investigations,” the official said.

Transport Department spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu confirmed an investigation has been launched.

“If the results of the investigation warrant that the instructor’s certificate be suspended then we shall comply,” she said.

Mngomezulu said that sometimes instructors scare learner drivers by claiming that the examiner wants a bribe, which they call a “guarantee fee”, but the money is not paid to the examiner.

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