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SIU annuls state’s R2.5bn transport contract

- Khulekani Magubane Parliament­ary Writer magubanek@businessli­

The Special Investigat­ing Unit (SIU) invalidate­d a R2.5bn Department of Transport transactio­n following an investigat­ion that found impropriet­y, according to the unit’s 2016-17 annual report.

The driving licence card contract was the subject of various court judgments as the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in 2015 that former director-general of transport George Mahlalela’s decision to extend Prodiba’s contract for another five years in 2013 was invalid.

“The SIU was required to investigat­e the extensions by the department of the driving licence card contract and the electronic national administra­tion traffic informatio­n system (eNatis) contract,” said the annual report.

Department of Transport spokesman Ishmael Mnisi said the department was producing and managing the driving licence system in-house.

“The RTMC (Road Traffic Management Corporatio­n) national anti-corruption unit in collaborat­ion with the SIU and all law enforcemen­t agencies are ensuring that we eliminate unethical traffic officers who solicit bribes from motorists.

“We are also making strides in dealing with crime and corruption at the driving licence testing centres and private testing centres, particular­ly with regard to the issuing of fraudulent driver’s licences and roadworthy certificat­es,” Mnisi said.

The department said the Constituti­onal Court pronouncem­ent of November 2016 empowered the department and RTMC to terminate the “illegal and irregular extension” of the Tasima contract.

Minister of Transport Joe Maswangany­i recently said the department’s decision that the RTMC was the preferred entity to take over the running of the system from Tasima brought certainty to the eNatis system.

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