Mpumalanga Safety MEC applauds High Court Order
20 August 2014
The MEC for the Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe applauded the outcome of the High Court of South Africa (Gauteng Division, Pretoria), which settled the matter involving officials who were employed to perform licensing duties at the Kwa-Mhlanga Driving License Testing Station.
This is after the MEC took the matter to the High Court following refusal by the officials to vacate the offices. They were barred from operating at the centre when the department received allegations of maladministration, fraud and corruption at the centre and recommended that the implicated officials be removed from the station.
They continued reporting for duty at the centre even though the department had seconded officials to perform licensing functions, ensuring that community members are assisted at the station.
The eleven respondents on the matter are restrained from entering the testing station and disrupting the seconded officials from performing their duties, and also parking their vehicles inside the centre.
They were also ordered not to misrepresent themselves as licensing examiners to members of the public, who might perceive them as officials working at the station.
Both the department and the Thembisile Hani Municipality will conduct parallel investigations and act on the findings and recommendations. The investigations will complement the criminal probe conducted by the South African Police Service.
Shongwe says that the decision by the Judge will assist the department in cleaning the station for the benefit of the people of South Africa, as licenses and vehicle roadworthy certificates obtained at the station are utilized by drivers who operate beyond the province.
“It is part of the mandate of the department to intervene when there are suspicions of fraud at testing stations since the issuing of licenses is the fundamental step towards ensuring road-safety on our roads. The investigations will assist in dealing with the problems at the station and also ensuring that people who will be found guilty are prosecuted,” says Shongwe.
Issued by Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison
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