Did your fine just disappear? Traffic officials caught hiding paperwork away from City of Tshwane

Executive Mayor of Tshwane Tshepiso Solly Msimanga during the Mayors 100 days in office and MMC performance agreement signing Ceremony in Pretoria . PHOTO: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN
Executive Mayor of Tshwane Tshepiso Solly Msimanga during the Mayors 100 days in office and MMC performance agreement signing Ceremony in Pretoria . PHOTO: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN

It is called “dumping” and is carried out by some Tshwane licencing officials who illegally hide vehicle licence penalties and arrears. Now they’ve been bust by Solly Msimanga‚ the executive mayor — who is vowing they will be punished.

“Twelve officials are undergoing disciplinary hearings on these charges. However‚ the identified number of culprits is just over 100. This number may grow as we probe further into this practice‚” the mayor warned on Monday.

The officials were caught during an operation by the City of Tshwane‚ in collaboration with the Gauteng Department for Roads and Transport.

Msimanga told a briefing in Centurion that the practise impacted on services the city was able to deliver to law-abiding citizens.

“In real terms‚ this means that the City of Tshwane is unable to recover some of the monies owed to it from a multitude of traffic violations‚” he explained.

“This means that the City is unable to recoup some of the money owed to it‚ which further compounds its ability to generate the revenue it needs to provide services to law-abiding citizens who are entitled to services.”

Msimanga has given the instruction that all City of Tshwane officials implicated in the collusion be suspended and dealt with swiftly‚ “so that we may start recovering some of these monies“.

“In doing so‚ we will also swiftly root out this corruption from our traffic sector.”

Elaborating on how the practice called “dumping” works‚ he said this was two-fold:

Scenario One:

Consider legal Personas A‚ B and C. Persona A is the current owner and C = A (identical persona). The vehicle will transactionally move to Persona B (registration only‚ with the required backdating). The victim can be a person‚ business or estate. The vehicle will shortly thereafter transactionally move back to Persona A (because C = A). Therefore‚ penalties and arrears are dumped onto Persona B because of backdating‚ and B remains “liable for licencing”.

Scenario Two:

Consider Personas A‚ B and C. Persona A is the current owner‚ and A and C are distinct different legal personas. The vehicle will transactionally move to Persona B (registration only‚ with the required backdating). The victim can be a person‚ business or estate. The vehicle will shortly thereafter move transactionally to Persona C Therefore‚ penalties and arrears are dumped onto Persona B.

The transaction dynamics are typically from A to B (registration only in order to create liable for licencing and arrears) back to C (or C = A).

These fraudulent transactions‚ if not detected‚ make such debt irrecoverable.

Other types of traffic crime‚ he said‚ included the Registering Authority assisting in vehicle crime (stolen vehicles‚ and vehicle hijacking and cloning) and corrupt learner and driving licence testing (which has been known for many years as a national problem).

To clamp down on this‚ the mayor said he was appointing a dedicated prosecutor and presiding officer to look into these cases.

 

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