Licence scam: Two suspended

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Greater Giyani Municipality in Limpopo has suspended two senior officials accused of selling driver's licences.

The officials were suspended yesterday after they were allegedly caught red-handed selling licences to would-be drivers who had not applied through the official channels.

"It was not clear how much they were charging for the licences, but investigations will soon reveal that," municipal mayor Angie Ramaipadi said yesterday.

Ramaipadi said the suspects were investigated for several months and investigations had revealed their scam had been operating for some time.

"We suspended them with pay and they are expected to appear before a municipal disciplinary hearing soon," she said.

Ramaipadi identified the officials as Sammy Khumalo, 37, and Mukondeleli Masia, 33.

Meanwhile, the sale of fraudulent learner's and driver's licences in greater Tzaneen and Letaba has increased since November last year.

A number of officials in the two municipalities have been fingered to be behind the scam.

The price for a learner's licence is said to be R500, and for a driver's licence R1000. Last year a fraudulent driver's licence cost R800.

A source claims to have obtained his driver's licence after bribing officials in greater Letaba on Friday.

The source, who approached Sowetan about his experience, said he paid R1000 to a driving school instructor.

"I was reluctant at first, but my friends told me it was the 'in-thing' at every driving school," he said.

The scam works like this: the owner of the driving school instructs the driving school instructor to collect the money, which he would share with the traffic official who represents the municipality.

Limpopo spokesman for the department of roads and transport Boiki Tsedu said his department was saddened by the behaviour of the officials.