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KZN metro police probed over licences

2012-02-08 21:17

Durban - Thirty eThekwini metro police officers are being probed for helping trainee policemen obtain fraudulent drivers licences, an official said on Wednesday.

They were implicated in a forensic investigation into the eThekwini municipality, transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said.

He said the 30 officers referred trainees to an illegal driving school where they could buy driver's licences without having to pass a driving test.

Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said the buying of licences contributed to fatalities on the roads.

"If the allegations are proven to be true, tough action must be taken against the guilty officers," Mchunu said.

He said it was also unacceptable for some metro police officers to be taxi owners as their actions were contravening government policies.

The investigation, commissioned by the provincial department of co-operative governance, found high levels of maladministration and corruption in the eThekwini municipality.

An auditing firm was appointed early last year to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption, and maladministration.

The probe was instituted after Auditor General Terence Nombembe said in his 2009/10 report that R532m had been irregularly spent by the municipality.

Comments
  • alansmartSnr - 2012-02-08 22:03

    Dont understand this unemployment we've got. So many people under investigation and so many investigating those frauds, theft and other corruption charges..Didn't know our population was big enough to be able to fill all these occupations.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-09 09:07

    With this fraud and corruption running away like a velt fire, Authorities in all the government departments must surely put in place reputable HIGH TEC security systems, with triple checks with highly trained experts, and should a criminal be caught, there should be a court hearing, if found guilty the person should be sentenced, with no appeal cases awarded.(these appeal cases, are an attempt to delay and it also is creating a backlog in our courts).Althought a system like this will be costly, it won't come near what has been already stolen, and what will be robbed in the future...but some control has to be put in place.

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