TRUE STO­RIES: HOW I GOT A LI­CENCE

Weekend Witness - - News -

JEAN: I was told out­right by my in­struc­tor that I would need bribe money. At the test­ing grounds, be­fore I even started, the in­spec­tor greeted me and asked if I had “I said yes, he smiled and said we can be­gin with the test­ing. Af­ter the test I was told that I must pre­tend as if I was tak­ing some­thing from the floor and place the money down. I did as I was told. Both my in­struc­tor and the in­spec­tor warned me not to say a word. This must stay be­tween me and the traf­fic of­fi­cial. NTOMBI: A stu­dent, she was told by her driv­ing in­struc­tor that she would need R1 500 for the bribe. “On the day of the test I gave the money to my driv­ing in­struc­tor. I was told it was im­por­tant that I passed in the test- ing ground and make no mis­takes be­cause then he could not give me my li­cence as the peo­ple around would see what I did wrong … but the ve­hi­cle rolled in the test­ing ground. The in­struc­tor gave me back my bribe money.” BEN: Passed in the test­ing ground and went out on the road. The of­fi­cer was very le­nient with him and over­looked his mis­takes. “He even talked me through the test if I for­got some­thing or made a mis­take. He cor­rected me and made me start again. I re­mem­ber see­ing the of­fi­cer and my in­struc­tor go­ing to­gether to the toi­lets in the test­ing ground. I as­sume this was where the money was ex­changed,” he said. • Names have been changed.

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