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PRETORIA – The City of Tshwane would soon suspend vehicle licensing officials accused of illegally reducing vehicle licence penalties and arrears, Democratic Alliance (DA) mayor Solly Msimanga said on Monday.
“As I speak, 12 officials are undergoing disciplinary hearings on these charges. However, the identified number of culprits is just over 100. This number may grow as we probe further into this practice that went on largely unchecked under the previous ANC administration,” he told reporters in Pretoria.
“In real terms, this means that the City of Tshwane is unable to recover some of the monies owed to it from a multitude of traffic violations. This means that the city is unable to recoup some of the money owed to it, which further compounds its ability to generate the revenue it needs to provide services to law-abiding citizens who are entitled to services.”
Msimanga said he has issued an instruction that all city officials implicated in the collusion at the licensing department be suspended and “dealt with swiftly”.
Other corrupt activities recovered included licensing officials assisting criminals on stolen vehicles and cloning, and illegal transactions for learner’s and driver’s licenses, he said.
“The city is cooperating with the Gauteng Department for Roads and Transport in its ongoing investigation to bring perpetrators to book and possibly recover the monies misappropriated and stolen.”
Msimanga’s announcement followed that of City of Joburg mayor Mashaba on recent suspension and prosecution of corrupt officials at the city’s licensing department. He said his administration identified 927 transactions that may have been fraudulent, valued at R14.7 million that took place during the previous African National Congress (ANC) administration.