BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that about 100 Tshwane licensing officials have been identified for grilling over some licence fees fraudulent practices that cost the city many millions.
As learnt, 12 of the licensing officials have already been suspended after it was discovered that they were part of the licence fees dumping syndicate.
As alleged, the officials were dumping outstanding licence fees and penalties from one motorist registered on the eNatis system to another.
Normally, the licensing officials would dump the outstanding licence fees in a dead person or an inactive account. And then, receive an agreed percentage for the dumped fee.
Commenting, Mayor Solly Msimanga said: “this means that the city is unable to recover some of the monies owed to it from a multitude of traffic violations.”
Last month, 113 officials were roped for engaging in fraudulent and corrupt activities at driver testing centers across the country.
Then, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi divulged that the fraudulent and corrupt activities at driver testing centers were initiated by criminal syndicates.
The MEC stressed that the bribing of examiners at testing stations is a matter of serious concern.
According to him, driver testing centres have been identified as critical areas for intervention in several surveys on public perceptions of corruption at government service delivery sites.
Between January 2008 and February 2016, 972 alleged fraudulent transactions at a total value of R14 717 444 happened just within the City of Johannesburg.
In a media statement Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba affirmed that criminal syndicates colluded with certain licensing officials to perform illegal transactions on the licensing computer system.
It is believed that the fraudulent transactions are contributing to the increase in accidents on SA roads.
In January, SA Transport Minister Dipuo Peters lamented about the 5% increase in fatalities on SA roads during the festive season saying: “there is an influx on our roads of drivers who are not competent and qualified to be driving on our roads.”
With that, the Minister instructed the Road Traffic Management Corporation to undertake an audit of how driving licenses as well as road safety certificates are processed and issued in SA testing stations.
That should be done “so that we can have an appreciation of how it is possible that so many incompetent drivers and un-roadworthy vehicles could be on our roads,” added Minister Peters.