Yawa wages war on licensing corruption

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pretoria - North West MEC for Public Safety Howard Yawa has vowed to root out corruption within the driving license testing centres in the province.

As part of its intensified effort to root out corruption relating to the fraudulent issuing of learners and driving licenses, six examiners have been suspended by the department.

The examiners are from Koster, Hartbeesfontein, Carletonville and Fochville testing centres.

Two of the officials suspended as examiners are employed by Merafong Local Municipality as management representatives.

"We'll spare no effort to root out corrupt elements in order to safeguard the integrity of our licensing system," Yawa said on Thursday.

He further urged 73 applicants, who are allegedly in possession of fraudulent licences issued last year at the Rustenburg Driving License Testing Centre, to respond to the allegations.

The applicants have until Friday to respond to the allegations.

The license scam involving a cashier employed by Rustenburg Local Municipality was discovered by the management representative of the centre in August 2009.

The investigation into the alleged scam was concluded by the provincial inspectorate in December.

"Failure by the applicants to respond to letters written to them by the provincial department will automatically cancel their learners and driving licenses obtained thereafter," warned Yawa.