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Gauteng licensing racket exposed

2012-12-20 08:47

Pietermaritzburg - Thousands of vehicles registered in KwaZulu-Natal are not roadworthy and were fraudulently cleared in Gauteng, an investigation by the department of transport has revealed.

The department found in its investigation into the activities of private testing stations in Gauteng that lasted over 18 months that 34 000 vehicles were registered in KwaZulu-Natal, but had obtained their roadworthy certificates in Gauteng through bribery and corruption.

The vehicles were deemed unroadworthy in KZN and were then taken to testing stations in Gauteng. In many cases, the certificates were issued without the vehicle being presented. Many of them are used for public transport.

Many used as taxis

The department said it had already closed down four private vehicle licensing stations in Johannesburg following the discovery of widespread fraud and corruption.

Department of transport director general George Mahlalela said that although he did not have the exact figures, many of the vehicles involved were used as taxis.

“The laws in KwaZulu-Natal have been very strict, so many vehicles find it impossible to register there if they are not in a roadworthy condition. They come to Gauteng and in most cases the vehicle does not even go there [for testing]; they just send the papers,” he said.

Mahlalela said stations involved in the fraud had all been closed down and the investigation report would be handed over to the police for criminal prosecution.

Owners of the vehicles concerned would also be prosecuted.

Zinhle Mngomezulu, of the KZN department of transport, said the department would pull off every vehicle found to be unroadworthy.

Roadblocks

“Every car is checked in our extensive roadblocks and if that car is one of those that got its roadworthy certificate illegally, the car will lose its disc.”

Mduduzi Njongwe of the SA National Taxi Council, Santaco, said the council was not aware of such activities. “We would not deny that any of our members are involved. We would like the department to enlighten us about it so we could educate our members.”

Arnold van der Linde, executive chairperson of insurer IntegriSure, said the clampdown was an important step.

“It is critical that we deal with the issue of unroadworthy vehicles, and minibuses are among the biggest culprits. Thousands of South Africans’ lives are lost needlessly due to road traffic accidents that could so easily be avoided.”

Comments
  • seanrossouwslr - 2012-12-20 09:00

    Charge those responsible with manslaughter. It is their job to ensure vehicles are roadworthy but their greed came before our public safety and the lives of many were in danger due to their actions

  • vicky.john.1297 - 2012-12-20 09:04

    Does Trevor Manuel know about this? Has this corruption been passed along to the police? Will ANYthing be done to stop it? Doubtful

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-12-20 09:21

      Traffic department officials have to be in on this manipulation of the licencing system. It wouldn't work otherwise. Since they are part of the Metro, and as a result, part of the police, what you are asking is for the police to do an internal investigation. Not likely.

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-12-20 09:23

      Why must Trevor Manual know about this?

      armand.dejongh.1 - 2012-12-20 13:16

      Because Gert if you heard or read any of Trevor's comments yesterday regarding corruption you would know what she means.

  • gawie.gatvol - 2012-12-20 09:16

    This is the african way....

  • peter.woods.142 - 2012-12-20 09:17

    I have to wonder who is going to be taken to task since taxi bigwigs have connections in the corridors of power!

  • gawie.gatvol - 2012-12-20 09:17

    the african way

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-12-20 09:20

    if the commander in chief is corrupt who can blame the guy at the testing station he only wants his piece of the corrupt so called rainbow nation ,cut off the corrupt head and the rest will toe the line

  • kgotso.selome - 2012-12-20 09:21

    and most of the taxi bosses hold high offices in the SAPS or METROs...

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-12-20 09:39

    Why take them to Gauteng!! R400-00 gets you a roadworthy certificate right here in Durban...!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-20 09:43

    I am not surprised. Some have 'crook' as a middle name.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-12-20 09:43

    You can buy a code 14 license,what's new? The licensing dep is the most corrupt,especially in Gauteng.

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-12-20 09:49

      True that. Furthermore, you can have a "doctor" issue a certificate of fitness for a PDP (public drivers permit) without he/she ever setting eyes on you. These people are then legally allowed to drive vehicles with passensgers (buses, school shuttles, and so forth).

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-12-20 09:49

      *passengers

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-12-20 09:44

    Ben Martin pls comment since you accused road users only for the deaths. The blood of innocent people will remain on the hands of the anc until Satan takes you to where you belong. Lol

  • diran.pillay - 2012-12-20 09:47

    You can even get a SA ID for a few 100 bucks,why are people so shocked, there always have been corrupted people working in gov.

  • mstrato1 - 2012-12-20 09:48

    This is dangerous, life cannot be taken so lightly. We all know how taxi driver's like pulling stunts on the road. Seriously thinking of staying home unless i really have to go anywhere.

  • Joseph Ade - 2012-12-20 09:51

    are the culprits NIGERIANS? we seem to blame them for any criminal act in South Africa

  • stanley.lefleur - 2012-12-20 10:23

    Then the people still choose him for a 2nd term? We get the leaders we deserve! I choose to register my protesting dismay!

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-20 10:48

    The matter is simple it is not about the ruling party as people says, crime is every where in this country the only thing is for the ruling party to investigate the matter and get all those involved behind bars and if possible they should lose their pensions from government because they have already got it from their corrupt activities. The newly appointed commission should start right now to investigate that and if some are founf guilty irrespective of their political affiliation and position they hold be arrested and be fired be sent straight to jain for life.

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-20 10:52

    It is time for Paul Mashatile and Nomvula Mokonyane to tackle that problem because it seems in KZN law enforcement there is working hard to get away with unroadworthy vehicles for the safety of citizens and Gauteng put them back on roads again,it tells us right away that Gauteng is the center of corruption.

  • aubrey.christie - 2012-12-20 12:55

    Can these people never do anything honestly.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-12-20 13:22

    Every day a new scam. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. It IS now a laughing matter.

  • jacyjays.letsoalo - 2012-12-20 17:47

    It is nothing new and most of us who are commenting here act as if we didn't do that. We are the ones corrupting the officials, we register our cars without even taking them for tests and when reports such as these surface we act as if we are holier than though. Maybe it is becos of the Mayan Calendar predicting the end of the world that we act holy...dah! We all did it even licences are bought so who are we? And let us not put zuma into this, he has his 700 charges so let him have his Day IN Court.

  • Barefoot - 2012-12-21 07:13

    how can you comment without reading the article? it clearly states 'private' testing stations. this was uncovered by the department of transport i think it's a job well done by the dept. unless if i am mistaken and 'private' here means government then those corrupt imbeciles are at it again.

  • mfelasakhe.mahlangu - 2012-12-21 09:06

    We are a corrupt nation. The only way to deal with corruption is from the bottom up. Corruption takes two. As long as we focus on the on the one side we will not side we will never succeed. Although officials wield some power, members of the public also participate willingly in or so initiate a corrupt. You don't have to pay a bribe to a traffic officer, people deliberately go to licensing stations that are corrupt, driving schools that 'sell' drivers licenses. Pay officials to jump the que for services. All I am saying is that lets focus on people on both ends of a corrupt transaction. A change in attitude at indiviual level will ensure that ordinary citizens frown upon corruption and are unlikely to vote for corrupt leaders.

  • Brian Bagnall - 2013-09-10 19:06

    Now we know why the roads in this country are so unsafe to drive on. There is so much corruption. I really wonder how this corrupt cANCer is going to get it sorted out. Not in my life time

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