The Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of South Africa recently marched from the Bushbuckridge Information Centre to the Mapulaneng Driving Licence and Testing centre to hand over their memorandum of demands and grievances to the MEC of Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Mr Pat Ngomane on .
According to the union’s local branch secretary, Mr Real Modipane, they were marching against the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality since the municipality refuses to implement the council resolution of rotating traffic officers at both Mhala and Mapulaneng Driving Licence and Testing Centres on a monthly basis.
He added that the rotation of officers is meant to curb and fight all forms of corruptions taking place in all licencing centres in Bushbuckridge, however the municipality doesn’t rotate traffic officers because some officials and senior politicians within the municipality get a percentage of the bribe money
In the memorandum submitted to the MEC, the Union is complaining about the amount of corruption taking place in the local Driving Licences and Testing Centres. In their memorandum, they stated that it has become a norm and not a secret that in order for one to pass their learner’s and driver’s licence, they need to pay the examiner the amount of about R1 500 and R2000 for a code 14 driver’s licence.
The union demanded that the Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison launch an investigation on the Driving Licences and Testing Centres and on the Chief Licencing Officer, Mr Norman Mokoena with immediate effect. They also demanded that the Special Investigating Unit and the Hawks be sent to investigate this matter. They also called for an immediate suspension of the powers of the Chief Licencing Officer and that an independent administrator is appointed to run these licencing centres.
“Politicians must not interfere in the running of the DLTCs and their role should remain an oversight on administration. We demand that all trained examiners and officers be given an equal opportunity to perform as trained in the DLTC and that rotation be implemented as a matter of urgency” the Union said.
They also demanded that they get feedback within 14 working days and said that failure to get the response will leave them with no choice but to refer the matter to the Minister of Transport and the Office of the Presidency.
They also stated that upon her appointment, the new municipal manager tried to implement rotation again but she was overpowered by those benefitting from the money solicited from bribes. They union also said that a member of the public informed them that he lodged a complaint with the municipality after being asked to pay for a driver’s licence but to date he has not received any correspondence. They added that the alleged perpetrators are still at work.
The memorandum was received by Mr Bongani Kubayi from the office of the MEC, however by the time we went to print; Bushbuckridge News was still waiting for a response from this office.