Gauteng targets corrupt testing stations

2013-06-03 17:39
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Johannesburg - Gauteng is tackling corruption involving syndicates at its testing and licensing centres, Transport MEC Ishmael Vadi said on Monday.

"There are more of [the] syndicated crimes at the testing stations; several officials have been arrested and charged... We are close to making more arrests quite soon," Vadi said in Johannesburg.

He was tabling his R4.7bn budget for the 2013/14 financial year in the Gauteng legislature.

Vadi said at least 28 officials at various stations had been arrested and charged for colluding with criminals.

Eight employees in the department had been charged with corruption and dismissed after disciplinary hearings.

"The quality of services rendered at the stations needs to be improved, [and] more energy has to be put into quality services."

Vadi said his department recently signed agreements with municipalities regarding services at stations.

"Municipalities deliver the licensing and testing services on our behalf. We will monitor the effectiveness of the signed agreements to improve services."

At least 1.1m learner driver's licences and 582 026 driver's licences were issued in 2010, said Vadi.

- SAPA
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