Knysna bus testing station shut down

2011-09-13 12:02

Cape Town - Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle has shut down a vehicle testing station which certified a bus involved in an accident in which 14 children were killed outside Knysna last month.

Carlisle said on Tuesday morning that he was "personally" shutting down TJ Motor Vehicle Testing Station, which tested and certified the Tata bus on 14 April 2011.

"We will today confiscate all TJ's records for our ongoing investigation," Carlisle said.

"If vehicle testing stations issue fraudulent roadworthy certificates then that chain of safety snaps - too often only to be found out when there is a terrible crash that kills more innocents.


"Therefore, when we do uncover malpractice we must deal with it as harshly as possible."

Carlisle said he had two affidavits from members of the departmental investigation team "evidencing to alleged criminal activity" by a man identified as the owner and examiner of vehicles at TJ.

"This represents non-compliance with the National Road Traffic Act ... and the National Road Traffic Regulations of 2000," Carlisle said.

Chrisfred Naude, an inspector with the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works' Compliance Monitoring Unit and head of the investigation team, has alleged the man tested and certified the bus as roadworthy while it was not in a roadworthy condition.

"Last night Naude opened a case of corruption against [the TJ owner] at the George Police Station on behalf of the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works," Carlisle said.

"The case number is George CAS313/9/2011 and the docket has been transferred to the Commercial Crimes Unit."

  • d2eguy - 2011-09-13 12:13

    this country thrives on fraud and corruption , just ask the SA masters of fraud , corruption and theft the ANC and ANCYL. NOW THE TESTING STATION HAS BEEN CLOSED , WHO WILL CLOSE THE ANC ????

      DW - 2011-09-13 12:17

      Corrupton is not limited to government. It should ALWAYS be addressed. Yes, the ANC corruption is being ignored. That is an issue which you should be arguing against. But dont object to action being taken against corruption in any form, because then you are being disingenuous. Either corruption is acceptable, or it is not.

      d2eguy - 2011-09-13 12:23

      @DW ... I never said I object to the testing station being closed , in fact I am pleased as this scum bag is in a way resposible for the innocent lives lost and should be charged not just closed down . all froms of theft , fraud and corruption must be dealt with but must start at the top .

      daaivark - 2011-09-13 12:49

      For every corrupt official there is a member of the public perpetrating corrupt dealings.

  • Tracey Erasmus - 2011-09-13 12:38

    The local paper has named owner: Article has been copy pasted below: EORGE NUUS - Die Wes-Kaapse Minister van Vervoer en Openbare Werke, mnr. Robin Carlise het pas TJ Motor Vehicle Testing Station in George se hekke gesluit. Dit kom ná die African Express-bus wat op 24 Augustus in Rheenendal (Knysna) verongeluk het op 14 April hier vir padwaardigheid getoets is. Die eienaar van TJ Motor Vehicle Testing Station, mnr. Eugene Labuschagne het self die bus getoets en 'n padwaardigheidssertifikaat uitgereik. 14 kinders en die busdrywer het in dié gru-ongeluk gesterf. Carlisle het die Rheenendal-bus as 'n "killer bus" beskryf. 'n Inspekteur van die Department van Vervoer het gister by die George-polisie 'n klag van korrupsie teen Labuschagne ingedien. Die moontlikheid van kriminele klagtes teen mnr Praveen Singh, die eienaar van die African Express-busmaatskappy, word nie uitgesluit nie. Die minister het ook al die toetsstasie se rekords gekonfiskeer.

      Louis F - 2011-09-13 12:48

      What an interesting name!

      McDaNife - 2011-09-13 13:18 can you translate that into english Tracy

  • Gadafi007 - 2011-09-13 12:38

    Something is being done .Don't 4get to shut down the da and anc as well .I prefer to manage myself

      betha - 2011-09-13 13:04

      100% with you

  • rynok - 2011-09-13 12:50

    The bus was tested in April. Accident happened 4 months later. Anything could have happened to that bus in 4 months!! If the owner is guilty, take him down, but I doubt he is. These vehicles carry heavy loads, mostly overloaded. This will affect brakes. They should start with the bus company itself who does not follow instructions on how the bus should be operated. When last was it serviced? Why didn't the workshop pick up the faulty breaks?

      RobertKay - 2011-09-13 13:19

      Knowing the standard of driving in this country, the bus could well have been abused in the 4 months since testing. It is a known fact that on the whole drivers who drive vehciles not belonging to them couldn't care less how the treat the vehicle. I wouls start looking at the owner as well, as he would probably not spend any more then he would have to to keep the bus on the road. So let's not point fingers at the owner of the testing station until all the facts are out!

      DW - 2011-09-13 13:32

      If you read the earlier reports, the bus failed the first test on brakes and steering mechanism. The bus driver then took the bus away and returned and hour later and then a roadworthy certificate was issued. My guess is that there is no evidence that the vehicle was actually repaired (or could not be repaired in that short time), evidencing the probability of a bribe to get the bus through. There is more to this than initially meets the eye.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-13 13:56

    Great, now get on with the case and if guilty, fry this mofo's ass!!

  • neelsf - 2011-09-13 14:24

    Rynok -if i remember correctly from what i read, it failed the first test, was send away with major issues to be fixed and an hour later it was certified as 100%

  • Hansie - 2011-09-13 14:31

    If you have a currupt official/s to nail - why on earth closing an entire roadworthy station - doent make sense to me

      DW - 2011-09-13 16:26

      Because the roadworthy station is owned by the guy who issued a false roadworthy certificate. Do you think he should stay in business?

  • Brendan - 2011-09-13 21:12

    Good news, indeed! I do wonder, though whether "a case of corruption" should rather be "accessory to murder - 15 counts"...

  • Olga De Bruin - 2015-06-15 17:38

    There are no change s required in the infrastructure, only in the "ruling" party!!!!

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