Patience urged as Hawks continue swoops on city’s licensing centres
AS THE ARRESTS of more than 100 Joburg licensing officials continue, motorists have been asked to be patient at licensing centres over the next few days while the Hawks continue their numerous busts.
On Tuesday, City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba announced that seven officials, who allegedly cost the city R14.7 million in illegal transactions, had been arrested.
Member of the mayoral committee responsible for public safety Michael Sun said the ongoing arrests over the next few days would mean that licensing centre services would be affected.
“I request Joburg residents to be patient during this time. I am certain that our residents will understand that this decisive action against corrupt officials is a positive step towards a cleaner and corrupt-free city that is committed to serving the residents,” he said.
Sun said the city would be doing its best to minimise the effect on service delivery over this period.
Joburg metro police department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar also appealed to motorists to be patient.
“If multiple arrests are made in any one licensing or testing station, it will take a few days to find replacements.
“If people see long queues, they should move to another station,” he said.
In the meantime, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi has welcomed the arrests by the Hawks at the Sandton testing centre and the Martindale bulk licensing department.
He said he was supporting the ongoing investigations into the alleged corrupt activities of other officials at various other driver testing centres.
“The arrests and investigations into alleged fraud and corrupt activities at driver testing centres in Joburg are fully supported by the provincial government and we will work closely with the city’s leadership in breaking criminal syndicates linked to these centres,” said Vadi.
Any action aimed at combating corruption was in the public interest and would be supported by the provincial Department of Roads and Transport, he added.
Vadi emphasised that corrupt practices initiated through criminal syndicates, selected driving schools and the bribing of examiners at testing stations were a matter of serious concern.
He pointed out that driver testing centres had been identified as critical areas for intervention in several surveys on public perceptions of corruption at government service delivery sites.
Vadi said he had spoken to Sun, commending him for the actions taken and pledging his support for the ongoing investigations.
HAILED: Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi has welcomed the arrests.
CRACKDOWN: Mayor Herman Mashaba announced the arrest of seven officials suspected of corruption.