TRUE STORIES: HOW I GOT A LICENCE
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.