An organised network of fraudsters involved in issuing licences running into millions of Rands have been uncovered.
The heavy sleaze was first discovered in Tshwane, when the mayor Solly Msimanga said motorists who could not be issued with their vehicles licences, due to accumulated fines, would approach a licencing official for a way out.
While addressing our reporter in Pretoria, Msimanga explained that officials would initiate a process of registering a vehicle in the name of a supposed new owner, business or estate. The registration will then be backdated to fall under the suspected new owner’s name. The vehicles will then be registered back under the original owner’s name minus the fines. According to the Mayor:
“What would normally then happen after this‚ the unsuspecting person‚ business or estate on whose name the fines have been dumped would then approach the licensing department to query the transaction. The officials would then say they did not know what happened and simply wipe off the fines. That is how the city has been losing on traffic fines and licensing revenues‚” he said.
Msimanga said 105 officials fingered in the fraudulent practice‚ believed to be part of a syndicate operating across Gauteng‚ were from all the city’s licensing stations.
He said internal disciplinary processes have already been initiated against 12 of these officials.