The Democratic Alliance will write to the MEC for Transport, Dickson Masemola, to recommend the introduction of a register of offenders for all traffic officials and officials who commit serious transgressions or violate the law. This comes after several recent cases of traffic officers and officials who have been arrested for crimes such as bribery and corruption.
Over the past few weeks, three Limpopo traffic officials were rearrested for contravening their bail conditions by committing a similar offence of issuing fraudulent vehicle roadworthy certificates. Another 11 testing station officials at a private vehicle testing station were arrested in Marble hall over issuing bogus roadworthy certificates and another two traffic officers who were arrested in august in connection with bribery and corruption.
These arrests show that Limpopo province is currently facing a mounting challenge of traffic officials and officers who have turned to corrupt or fraudulent activities to supplement their income and this is unacceptable. A register to keep record of all these transgressions is necessary to help keep our roads safe.
The register will assist the department to keep record of all officers found guilty of serious transgressions or crimes and will also assist in monitoring whether officials that are found guilty have been subjected to consequence management or proper disciplinary action.
The register would also help the department identify the municipalities that have serious problems around corrupt officers and fraud and allow for intervention to address the issue.
Corruption cannot be allowed in our traffic law enforcement in Limpopo. The issuing of falsified or bogus roadworthy certificates and officials that accept bribes and are corrupt can lead to the loss of lives on our roads and there is a need to prevent this.
The DA is committed to rooting out corruption and ensuring that Limpopo roads are safe for all who use them.