Vehicle testing officials arrested

2013-09-27 00:00

TWO officials from a testing station in Phoenix were arrested on Wednesday after an examiner and the data capture clerk at the station passed a heavy motor vehicle belonging to ABI (Coca-Cola) without the examiner even being at work.

This examiner allegedly “passed” the vehicle on the same day a colleague had failed it and sent it back for repairs.

The officials were nabbed by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit. The body was established by Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) last year to curb unethical conduct facing the traffic fraternity. The unit was also working closely with the police.

RTMC acting CEO Gilberto Martins told The Witness that the unit had acted on a tip-off provided by a member of the public and have been following the leads since then.

He asked people to contact him if they suspect any corruption.

“Corrupt activities that expose our people on the roads to danger will not be tolerated. The RTMC, under our new intelligent enforcement tactics, will erode all elements that pose a threat to road safety,” Martins said.

A case of fraud and corruption has been opened, and the suspects are expected to appear in the Phoenix regional court.

ABI corporate affairs manager Itumeleng Matlaila said it was still waiting for the details of the vehicle in question. “Our official response is that ABI respects the rules and laws of the country. Over and above this, we also have a more stringent code of ethics that we are bound by and train our employees on,” he said.

ABI is investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, the Sanele May Support Group on Facebook has now been locked by its administrators due to trolling (fake posts). May is in police custody after the truck he was driving, drove into four taxis and a car on Field’s Hill, causing the death of 23 people.

A “concerned citizen” who has been helping May said they are urging motorists to drive with their headlights to show solidarity for May until his next appearance in court next month.

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