Kaunda warns the corrupted

2018-07-11 06:00
KZN MEC of Transport Mxolisi Kaunda at the Howick licensing office last Tuesday.PHOTO: supplied

KZN MEC of Transport Mxolisi Kaunda at the Howick licensing office last Tuesday.PHOTO: supplied

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COMING as a surprise to some officials, KwaZulu-Natal MEC of Transport Mxolisi Kaunda made an unannounced appearance at the uMgeni Licensing Office in Howick last Tuesday, where previously 16 people were arrested and charged for fraud and corruption.

The licensing office had previously been closed for three months and only began operating again two weeks ago following investigations.

Kaunda noticed upon his visit that though the centre was fully operational, not many people were in attendance.

Making clear his stance on the nationwide campaign against fraud and corruption, Kaunda said that his visit was part of the department’s war against fraud and corruption across all licensing centres.

“We are making sure that people receive clean and proper service delivery and not these extra charges on the side such as cool drinks and cake money which officials must buy for themselves with their own salaries if they want them,” said Kaunda.

While the six officials from the licensing office who were implicated on charges of fraud and corruption are currently out on bail and waiting to appear on August 7, Kaunda said that a new team was instated at the station allowing it to cope well and be fully operational.

“This is only the beginning for those involved in fraudulent or corrupt dealings.

Anyone guilty should expect to be arrested because we want to send a clear message that we are coming for them,” said Kaunda, who emphasised that even if they had to arrest everybody and empty the offices, they would.

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