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Learner licence scam bust

2012-01-16 12:34

Cape Town - Two traffic officers and a civilian will appear in the Worcester Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly issuing learners' licences in return for money, Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle said.

"The two traffic officers were allegedly issuing learners' licences in return for a share of R2 500, which was paid to the runner," he said in a statement.

"The runner would SMS to the examiners the details of the member of the public that had paid the money, while the examiners are then alleged to have given crib notes to those that had paid."

The three faced charges of corruption and fraud.

Carlisle could not confirm how many licences had been obtained this way.

He said those who got their licence by using crib notes were urged to come forward as witnesses.

"It's your choice, but if you choose not to come forward I am confident that the police will track you down."

Comments
  • procold2 - 2012-01-16 12:44

    now we all know why the road csrnage is so high.

  • Mashudu - 2012-01-16 12:50

    corruption is high in driving licence departments.

  • Mzamo - 2012-01-16 13:01

    I heard that in Cape Town there is an "official" place where you go there and pay the bribe and get a "slip" as proof of payment!! If you haven't paid that bribe... U dont get the licence!!

      Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-16 13:39

      Lol. Corruption in SA is a way of life. I know some test centres in KZN where you simply get laughed at by the officials if you try to "pass" your licence without bribing. They make sure you fail.

      Polotic - 2012-01-16 17:04

      @Mzamo - Why don't you report this to Robin Carlisle. Or is it a case of hearsay without the proof.

  • Sean - 2012-01-16 13:09

    How stupid are you if you can not pass the learners, this is absolutely pathetic!

      Burtfred - 2012-01-16 13:32

      Sean, You are very disconnected from reality if you think that it is easy to "pass" a learners test, especially in Johannesburg. Many a test is failed by the examiner so that the student has rebook another driving lesson and test with his driving instructor. The proceeds of this graft is split between the instructor and the tester. My son was "failed" 5 times before he got his learners licence. No feedback is given to the applicant, so they never know what they are supposed to have done wrong. It is always just the word of the examiner against the word of the applicant. The testing station system is rife with corruption - ask Carte Blance.

      Katlego - 2012-01-16 13:44

      learners is easy and they repeat the question and you get the resuls immediately How can you pay R2500 for that

      Polotic - 2012-01-16 13:54

      @Burtfred - You miss the point made by Sean. It is obtaining the Learner's licence that is the issue. To obtain the learner's licence all you have to do is write a test not go out and the road in a car. It appears that you are confusing obtaining a learner's licence with obtaining a driver's licence.

      Sean - 2012-01-16 14:31

      Burtfred, fight the system instead of being a slave to it. Maybe you should contact Carte Blance with your story

      Burtfred - 2012-01-16 15:45

      Carte Blanche have already run the story http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?Id=4434&ShowId=1

  • luanne.beaumont1 - 2012-01-16 13:23

    Wonder if anyone knows who you could report someone too who has bought a licence illegally.

  • Lynda - 2012-01-16 13:30

    this is the tip of the iceberg, in all the Johburg traffic departments a cash offer of R3000 gets you your licence.....it is apparently shared by all the officials, makes me feel quite sick!!!

  • lsmkhwanaz - 2012-01-16 13:34

    I have been told by an instructor that i must have R1500 ready for when i go to take my driver's test a few days from now at the Nelspruit testing grounds. So I asked him why? He said that is what they all have to fork out for the licence othetrwise i will fail. I have previously heard two people saying the same thing. But since i do not have proof as i have not been asked to by the actual testing officer i can not do anything about it and can't prove the allegations. But i'm ready for him/her...let them try it with me.

  • bonganileonard.mntambo - 2012-01-16 13:36

    that's why the accidents in our roads are so high because of this things.Wcape is a leading province on road accidents.The transport department must play a vital role to trace all the hipocrites.

  • Mike - 2012-01-16 13:48

    The situation is FAR worse in Johannesburg - it is just about impossible to get a licence without paying a fee of at least R2k to the examiner or R4k if arranged through a driving school. The examiners are already extremely wealthy and everyone knows about it except the law enforcement agencies. The senior managers and heads of departments must also be getting their share for this to be so wide-spread.

      thato.sexybabe - 2012-01-16 15:06

      Oh Mike tell me about it Johannesburg is worse next week Wednesday i'm going for my test in benoni and have been told already that i have failed since i dont want to pay R1.5K for bribery which i feel its unfair since i have paid about R3k for rlessons....im sorry but i will fail until i get it i am not going to add up to corruption stats

      Justine Marais - 2012-01-16 22:58

      You go Thato!!! My sister failed her drivers about 7 times before she got hers, why? Coz she didn't pay a bribe. Now we wonder why South African roads are so dangerous. Even worse are parents driving around with their children on their laps while half of the morons driving around doesn't even know the basic rules of road safety.

  • Andre - 2012-01-16 13:50

    Traffic officers are civilians. Military and SAP members are not.

  • Mphotent - 2012-01-16 14:05

    In tswana they call it "Tjotjo" maybe it stands for "Tjotjovitjo" (whistling in style)

  • Linda - 2012-01-16 14:09

    How about DBN Rosburgh testing centre, full of corrupt officials colluding with Springbow Driving schools?

  • Katlego - 2012-01-16 14:18

    i know in jhb you have to pay R2500 to get your drivers licence and it is arranged through driving school and if you dont come with driving school or dont have tjotjo(bribe) you automatically fail

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-16 14:30

    Given the comments above, it is not surprising, that based on what I have experienced, South Africans are the WORST drivers in the world.

  • tracy.moller - 2012-01-16 14:39

    Wish this article would clarify...did they pay R2500 for learners AND driver license or just learners?? Sad part is that learners isn't even that hard!!!

      Susan - 2012-01-16 15:13

      According to the first paragraph, it is learner's licenses!

      tracy.moller - 2012-01-16 16:22

      Susan: It does, but further down they just say licenses. R2500 also seems very excessive to pay for just a learners, considering they're rather easy to pass nor that expensive to write....You'd have to fail over 10 times before it cost you R2500.

      Susan - 2012-01-17 10:59

      Agree. You really have to be extremely stupid or not care at all about "doing the right thing" if you pay to pass a learner's license!

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