Free State traffic officials bust for truck licensing racket

Nine people, including five officials, have been arrested for corruption in the Free State.
Nine people, including five officials, have been arrested for corruption in the Free State.
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Five traffic officials are among nine people arrested over truck licences issued to people in the Free State who never actually took the tests.

According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), so-called “jockeys” took the tests but the licences were instead given to other people, who were never tested.

RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said the alleged corruption involved two examiners, three administration clerks and four jockeys, all based in Bethlehem.

“The applicants are introduced by the driving school instructors to the examiners, who are supposed to do the tests. Money will then be paid to the examiners or driving school instructor by the applicant, or vice versa,” said Zwane.

“In cases where the money is paid to the driving school instructor, he will then give the money to the examiner.”

In some instances, everything was arranged with the instructor, who acted as a middleman.

“The corruption is initiated by the driving school instructors, who will be addressed as secondary targets. The examiners at the driving licence testing centres are the primary targets.

“Truck (code 14) licences were issued to individuals who were not psychically tested themselves, but a so-called 'jockey' was used to do the physical testing on the applicant’s behalf,” said Zwane.

More arrests are expected.


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