South Africa’s Minister of transport Mbalula has provided updates on the findings of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) investigations.
The update was shared on the official website of the South African Government and included the government’s position on matters arising.
According to the minister, the investigation is ongoing and will continue until 31 March 2023, when the SIU is expected to submit its inquiry.
The minister expressed concern over how officials of DLTC are collaborating with driving schools on the issuing of learner’s and driver’s licences. The minister Concedes the apparent corruption in the system as well as the activities of corrupt middlemen and officials.
Among the challenges so far identified by the SIU are negligent and incompetent officials who have access to the NaTIS system, weak management and lack of oversight, legislative gaps, greed, and driving schools paying driving licence examiners to issue licences fraudulently.
The admissions from the minister have not tamed the wave of calls for his exit from the transport ministry, though. South Africans routinely point at potholes and accuse the minister of only responding when celebrities complain about the treacherous states of South African roads.
Will anything change in the coming days? Stay tuned.