Man speaks out on bribery

2018-03-21 06:00

THE RECENT shocking exposure in the uMngeni Licensing Office in Howick of fraud, following the arrest of 15 people after an investigation exposed officials who were issuing fraudulent learner’s licence, has sparked widespread outcry from Pietermaritzburg residents who have taken to Facebook to share their experiences with driving inspectors.

A joint operation by the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC) National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit, the Hawks and the KZN Traffic Department, led to the arrest of five officials from the licensing office, including two traffic officers, nine learner’s licence applicants and a cleaner.

Kyle Wood from Eastwood, in a Facebook comment, said that in 2013, when he went for his driver’s test he was told to put R1 000 in the ashtray of the vehicle that he was using for his test but he did not.

He said that once he had completed his test and had returned to the room, he was asked if the instructor had told him to leave any money, to which he replied no.

He was then told that he had passed.

Lynse Jones stated that some driving schools are partners in crime with the inspectors, saying that she had heard that some driving schools set up the bribe for you even before you go to do your test.

Shanta Singh said that she failed her first two attempts at getting her licence but once she changed driving schools she managed to pass her test without any complications.

Kevin Brown of Eastwood also complained that the driving school that he went to was implicated in bribery, and that his instructor for his test actually reprimanded his teacher.

Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson for Transport Rafeek Shah said that the arrests were a long time coming.

“The DA has consistently raised the issue of widespread corruption at KZN’s testing centres.

Such activities have horrific consequences, with illegally acquired driver’s licences being a significant factor in the high crash rates in the province,” Shah said.

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