muso can operate his taxi at last

A HAPPY MAN: musician Steve
A HAPPY MAN: musician Steve "Malo-a-Botsheba" Sefofa. Pic. Elijar Mushiana. 20/10/2009. © Sowetan. 20 OCTOBER 2009 TUESDAY: Taxi owner Steven Sefufa received the operating licence from the department of Roads and Transport after it was impounded by traffic officer last week Sunday. PHOTO: ELIJAR MUSHIANA

AFTER going through a humiliating process and being labelled a fraudster, musician Steve "Malo-a-Botsheba" Sefofa yesterday stormed intoSowetan offices in Polokwane in an effort to clear his name.

Sefofa had gone to the offices of the provincial department of roads and transport to get an operating licence for one of his taxis. The permit was stripped off by a traffic officer in Modjadjiskloof when they found that Sefofa had been operating with an incorrect operating licence on the vehicle.

Sefofa yesterday went to the department to get a correct permit, which was issued to him. He showedSowetan the legitimate and original permit.

"The problem is that an impression had been created that I was actually a fraudster, which was wrong," Sefofa said.

"My Toyota Quantum was operating with a permit meant for an Inyathi taxi, which was a mistake committed by the department and not me," he explained.

The self-proclaimed king of kwasa-kwasa advises other taxi operators to double-check their details on the permits before operating.

"Normally we do not check details and just sign without verifying. You can even take another person's permit and operate with it.

"But had I checked before, I would have noticed the mistake and not found myself in trouble," Sefofa said.

He also thanked the traffic officer for noticing the mistake. "I am also happy that the department has corrected the mistake and for me it will be business as usual."

A senior official in the department of roads and transport confirmed it had been an oversight on their part and apologised to Sefofa for the mistake.

Earlier this monthSefofa was labelled a fraudster after traffic officials found he was using a permit on a wrong vehicle.