S.Africa: North West learner drivers must explain licences

Some 70 North West learner drivers must provide proof before the end of the week that their learner licences are not fraudulent, Public Safety MEC Howard Yawa said on Thursday.

This follows a licence scam involving a cashier at the Rustenburg Local Municipality, which was discovered by management.

“Failure by the applicants to respond to letters written to them by the provincial department would automatically result in the cancellation of their learners and driving licenses obtained thereafter,” said Yawa in a statement.

The 73 applicants have until Friday, March 5, to respond to allegations that their learners licences were fraudulently issued at the Rustenburg Driving License Testing Centre last year.

The investigation into the alleged scam was concluded by the provincial inspectorate in December 2009.

The department has already suspended six examiners at different centres such as Koster, Hartbeesfontein, Carletonville and Fochville in its latest effort to root out corruption relating to the fraudulent issuing of learners and driving licences.

Two of the officials suspended as examiners were employed by the Merafong Local Municipality as management representatives.

“We will spare no effort to root out corrupt elements in order to safeguard the integrity of our licensing system,” said Yawa.

Source: www.thestar.co.za, also in Sapa online, 20100305

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