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Angry members of the community have threatened to close down the Giyani testing station in Limpopo tomorrow if they do not get a positive response concerning problems related to drivers' and learners' tests.
A large group of learners' and drivers' licence applicants, led by the Giyani Driving Association, marched to the station at the Greater Giyani Municipality yesterday. They demanded, among other things, that new traffic officers be appointed. They also claimed there was only one chief licensing officer at the station.
They have also called for the removal of the chief licensing officer, Reckson Baloyi, because they allege that he is too inexperienced for the position.
Gezani Maluleke, spokesman for Giyani Driving School Association, concurred that the poor services at the station were caused by the chief licensing officer.
"We demand that the chief licensing officer steps down or resigns with immediate effect. His inexperience is causing chaos at the testing station," alleged a memorandum by the demonstrators. They also demanded the immediate appointment of new examiners.
"No appointments of new examiners had been made, despite a promise made to that effect," said Maluleke.
He said applicants who were deferred from last year had still not been tested and were experiencing the same problems.
Greater Giyani Municipality spokesman Silence Makhubele said no budget was available in the current financial year.
"Some of the concerns might not have been accommodated in the previous financial year. They are now going to be addressed during this financial year," promised Makhubele.
He also promised that more traffic officers would be appointed in the current financial year. He confirmed that the shortage was because of resignations by traffic cops.
Makhubele said Baloyi would not be relieved of his duties because "the municipality was satisfied with his services".