Minister issues warning

2016-10-26 06:00
Philip Taaibosch (South African National Taxi Council (Santaco)), Sam Mashinini (MEC for Police, Roads and Transport) and Dipuo Peters (Minister of Transport) cutting the ribbon as they officially open the R74.  Photo: Tladi Moloi

Philip Taaibosch (South African National Taxi Council (Santaco)), Sam Mashinini (MEC for Police, Roads and Transport) and Dipuo Peters (Minister of Transport) cutting the ribbon as they officially open the R74. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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Harrismith. – “We don’t want corruption at the newly-built testing station (Intabazwe). We don’t want corrupt officials selling licences. Driving schools should stop corrupting our officials by offering bribes for the learners to pass.”

This appeal was made by the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters at Intabazwe during the launch of Transport Month on Tuesday, 18 October.

The minister issued a strong warning, saying if there were such officials, they would be fired with immediate effect.

“Imagine telling your children that you were a traffic examiner who lost a job because of corruption.

“That would surely not be a good thing. Corruption in our testing stations are what causes accidents on our roads, because they don’t give licences to those people who deserve them, but rather give them to those who can afford to pay bribes.

“One often finds cars on the road that are not roadworthy, but they are there because some official wanted to add to his salary using corrupt methods.”

Peters told the community to look after the testing station, because it belonged to them. Before she addressed scores of people who attended the launch, Peters officially opened the testing station and a road to Bergville.

“We are happy, because we have also officially opened the R74 to Bergville.

“We will keep on improving our transport together with our partners. The MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini, told me that there were some roads that needed our attention.

“I can assure you that we are going to work together in making sure those roads will be in a good condition.”

She said the R74 was one of the 23 roads that Ace Magashule, the premier of the Free State, requested them to help with back in 2013.

“We have opened some of those roads and we are working on others.”

Mashinini said he would like to thank Butana Komphela, the former MEC of Police, Roads and Transport, for the good work he has done thus far.

“I will make sure that I will continue where he left off and I promise to guide the department to greater heights.

“We should take care of our roads. This will ensure that investors will visit our province more often,” he said.

“We have now opened the testing station and we be believe that it will speed up the services that are needed.

“I hope that those who are working at this facility will do their best to take care of it.”

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