MEC Shongwe vows to crack down on corrupt traffic officers

The MEC of Community Safety, Security and Liaison in Mpumalanga, Vusi Shongwe has vowed to crack down on corruption in traffic law enforcement agencies.
Shongwe called for an investigation after the arrest of more than 10 provincial traffic officers and traffic department employees since last year.
In the most recent case, the Hawks arrested traffic officer, Nkosinathi Masina in connection with allegations of corruption. He appeared in the Barberton Magistrate’s Court and was granted a R1000 bail. He is expected to appear in court again on 12 May.
“We are greatly disappointed by the arrest of one of our traffic officers on the allegations of corruption. Without casting any aspersions on the case at hand, we view this matter in a serious light. That is why I have duly instructed the acting head of department to immediately investigate the matter and this will internally determine the next course of action,” Shongwe said.
Shongwe said recently, the Hawks also arrested four people for allegedly issuing fraudulent driving and learner licences. The four worked as examiners and administrative officers at the Graskop, Elukwatini and Carolina traffic departments. They have already appeared in various courts and were granted bail. He said the department is expected to institute internal disciplinary processes in due course.
“An investigation is also under way after a provincial traffic officer was arrested in Ermelo for allegedly accepting R50 from a motorist two weeks ago. The arrests followed the recent dismissal of six officials based at the Standerton driver testing and licensing centre. They were found guilty of processing fraudulent transactions on the eNaTIS system following their arrest by the Hawks last year,” said the MEC.
“In our efforts to end needless loss of lives on our roads, we will not tolerate any actions that directly sabotages this, and this include corruption. We will not allow actions of few individuals to undermine the efforts that many law enforcement officers are putting in their work on daily basis (sic),” Shongwe said.

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