Standerton licensing officers in alleged corruption case

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Disciplinary action will be taken against  six licensing officials of Standerton by the Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison for allegedly being involved in corruption.

The officials were arrested for allegedly falsifying vehicle ownership registration on the national traffic information system to enable truck owners to avoid payment of vehicle licensing fees including penalties and arrears. The Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC) national traffic anti-corruption unit and SAPS had been investigating this matter since 2017.

According to a statement issued by the RTMC, it is estimated that the Mpumalanga Provincial Government has lost more than R67 million in unpaid fees as a result of  corrupt activities. The officials appeared in the Middelburg Regional Court and are out on bail ranging from R5000 to R20 000 respectively.

Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Gabisile Shabalala, said although the department awaited the necessary processes to unfold, corruption should not be condoned. She said that officials must live within their means and not be involved in corrupt activities in order to live beyond their means.

“Government should help us eradicate corruption and not be party towards perpetuating.  Those who are found on the wrong side of the law should face consequences because they tarnish the good work that other many officials are doing,” said Shabalala.