The Cape Navigator

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Bloemfontein, Free State

11 Licensing Officials Face Allegations of Fraud and Corruption in BFN

Michael Hawthorne

FREE STATE – In a major crackdown on corruption within the licensing system, eleven officials are set to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The arrests, made in Ladybrand (Free State), Elukwatini (Mpumalanga), and Rayton (Gauteng), follow a meticulous three-year investigation by the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), in collaboration with the Hawks.

The officials stand accused of fraudulently issuing driver’s licenses and roadworthy certificates at various testing stations. The comprehensive probe has identified a network of examiners involved in corrupt practices, creating a serious risk to road safety.

“The investigation has established a link in corruption in all three provinces. The majority of the arrested officials are based at Lengau Testing Centre in Bloemfontein. This is part of ongoing efforts to remove all risk factors that contribute to a high number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on the roads,” stated the RTMC.

The initiative aims to curb the prevalence of dishonest practices within the licensing system, ultimately contributing to a safer road environment. The accused officials, expected to face charges related to fraud and corruption, were apprehended as a result of coordinated efforts between law enforcement agencies.

“The RTMC commends all the officers who were involved in this investigation. Members of the public are encouraged to report suspected acts of fraud, corruption, and malfeasance to or by WhatsApp to 083 293 7989,” urged the Corporation in a statement on Monday.

This marks a significant step forward in the ongoing battle against corruption in the country’s traffic management and licensing systems. As investigations continue, authorities anticipate additional arrests, sending a clear message that illicit activities within these crucial systems will not be tolerated. The trial is expected to shed light on the extent of the corruption network and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.


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