Police spies to sneak into corrupt Driving Testing Centres

Five officials were nabbed this week after being caught red-handed.


The Mpumalanga government wants police spies to quietly visit driving licence testing centres across the province and arrest corrupt officials.

It says enough is enough now.

Safety and security MEC Pat Ngomane said this after the arrest of five officials belonging to the Delmas testing centre by the Hawks.

The five were allegedly issuing driving licences to undeserving people who had paid bribes, Ngomane said, and were nabbed by members of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) anti-corruption officers and Hawks who arrived unexpectedly at centre.

They were three officers who were working as driving licence examiners and two private people who acted as coordinators, the MEC said.

“They are accused of soliciting money from driving licence applicants in return of issuing them with Code 14 driving licenses.

“By issuing driving licences to undeserving people, the officials were actually authorising untrained people to be in control of heavy trucks and busses,” the MEC said.

“These vehicles are transporting dangerous goods and precious lives, meaning that many road users’ lives are put at risk,” he said.

He says operations similar to these will assist “in enhancing the image and integrity of state institutions”.

“I still insist that if good law enforcers can continue exposing those who are corrupt, we will have a crime and corruption free country and also make a positive impact on service delivery. All those who were issued with illegal driving licences should come forward and assist the Hawks with investigations,” Ngomane said.

(edited by MLM)

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