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2012-10-22 10:10

NOT SO FAST: A number of drivers in Mpumalanga have been stripped of their driving licence after they were found to have been fraudulently obtained.

JOHANNESBURG - The Mpumalanga provincial government has cancelled licences issued to 39 people after video footage showed an examiner and a technician helping candidates with the test.

The candidates, examiner and technician had been informed about the irregularities and been given an opportunity to explain their involvement. Their responses were unsatisfactory, the province's community safety, security and liaison department spokesman Joseph Mabuza reported.


He said the incident happened at the Mhala testing centre in September, 2012. "The technician, who worked for a private company, has been fired by his employer for his involvement and the examiner was removed from the centre by his employer, the local municipality."

He said the candidates were barred from applying or being issued with licences for 12 months, in line with the National Road Traffic Act.

MEC Vusi Shongwe said driver incompetence, because of testing irregularities, was a factor in road incidents. "This is an indication of what is happening at some of the testing stations," he said. "We will not allow such irregularities to be the order of the day. This will serve as an example to other applicants and officials  also involved in such actions."

CCTV technology would gradually be extended to other testing stations in the province to fight corruption.
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