Ndebele orders probe into licence scam

2011-10-19 08:18

Johannesburg - Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele ordered an investigation on Tuesday into a fake learners and drivers licence scam in Johannesburg.

"Fraud and corruption will not be tolerated at any licensing centre," he said in a statement.

"... We will leave no stone unturned in such matters. Those who accept a bribe, as well as those who offer the bribe will face the full might of the law."

A report in The Star on Tuesday revealed fake licences were being sold for between R800 and R4 500 at four of the five City of Johannesburg testing centres.

Several people arrested already

They were primarily organised by car guards and instructors from "fly-by-night" driving schools, who worked with centre examiners, the newspaper reported.

The national transport department said several officials and members of the public had already been arrested for fraud and corruption related to car and driver licences in the past year.

On Tuesday, provincial transport spokesperson Octavia Mamabolo said some government officials were complicit in arranging these licences.

"We need to really apply some unconventional methods," she said.

This might involve installing closed circuit television and investigating and vetting the examiners.
At worst, they might have to close some testing stations.

"People are consistently finding new ways of beating the system," she said.

"It is really a problem for the department. I'm not going to shy away from that."

Contact dept

Gauteng community safety spokesperson Thapelo Moiloa urged members of the public and even those who had bought licences to contact the department anonymously with information.

"Give us the name of the testing station and the official involved and we will deal harshly with them.

"Those cars and those people will be using our roads. If they are not trained properly they are going to cause havoc on our roads," he said.

Moiloa invited people to send information to him on, 011-689-3826 or 084-805-2247.

  • Merle - 2011-10-19 09:07

    Investigate It ? Just phone me , it's cheaper. Being going on for 30 years!!!!!

      Spyker - 2011-10-19 12:55

      'Fake licences' are but the 'tip of the iceberg'... Eg.., 'Learners Licence' tests are for sale for as little as R50. Leave some cash on the passenger seat and the 'centre examiner' will pass your physical driver's test with great big smile and wish well on your path of destruction... All these "investigations" are merely 'Band-aids' on the massive boil.., the big massive elephant in the, with his foul smelling rear in our faces, yet we refuse to get and get rid of it - we just talk.., write.., moan.., eat.., drink.., watch TV.., sleep it off and then repeat... This is but symptomatic of a wholly corrupt government, that is simply symptomatic of a people who are criminal- and corrupt, by nature. There is but ONE solution that can work - is it then not a pity that it is impossible to state it here. Ndebele will "investigate" until he has turned every colour of the (now defunct) 'Rainbow Nation' - fundamentally nothing will change (it is simply impossible), at best there will some marginal shifting (ie the corruption will somewhere else until the attention is shifted again).., at best, I say...

  • peter.erasmus - 2011-10-19 09:11

    Take away human interaction and put in systems and workflow and document management systems to eliminate this problem.

  • Twoplusthree - 2011-10-19 09:37

    Why do we need the media to point out the corruption: why can they not pick it up? "no stone unturned" - focus less on stones and more on your job!

  • Yar - 2011-10-19 09:48

    Dear Mr Minister Congratulations on finally waking up to the problem of corruption. Please explain why you are the last person in the country to notice. Please don't always ask the public to report the incident, and be ignored. You should ensure that your managers are checking on their staff and operations. Failure of systems under your control is your fault. What are YOU going to do about the problem and by when. Yours Sincerely Yar PS: Shouldn't you resign and allow a professional to take over. PPS: Reducing the speed limit is a dum reaction to the problem above.

      Ann - 2011-10-19 10:06

      Clearly you feel about the minister as I do - he is useless. Just look at his reaction to the toll road debacle "spoilt brats who should spend less on our cell phones...". That's when I realised he had lost the plot!

  • Andrew - 2011-10-19 10:08

    The Hon.Minister is now calling for an investigation after how many years of license fraud, where has he been for the past years? He also wants to reduce speed limits due to high accident rate, mainly due to driver error. Does this situation not tell him many drivers should not be driving on our roads.

  • Peter - 2011-10-19 10:27

    Send someone into the centre undercover - simple. Polygraph and dismiss on the balance of probability. The same goes for traffic cops who are corrupt, but I suspect there will only be 15% of the traffic cops left who are actually honest, and take their jobs seriously. If the corruption activities are not eliminated at the lowest level, where the biggest problem is, there will always be carnage on our roads --- wake up FAT CATS.

  • Jackie - 2011-10-19 10:42

    fact is, this is happening everywhere. its been happening for years. i think they dont know how to stem it because everybody is on the take. how many of you have passed the driving test within the last ten to fifteen years without paying anything in return. you can be the best driver but you will not get a driver's licence without greasing somebody's palm. the traffic dept. is rotten to the core.

  • Machela - 2011-10-19 11:07

    Good luck to the department in fighting a loosing battle

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