Traffic officials bust for unlawful issuing of driver’s licenses

    A South African ID book and drivers licence.

    HARRISMITH – Corrupt Free State traffic officials have been bust for unlawfully issuing driver’s licenses.

    This comes after a breakthrough in a two-year investigation led by the Road Traffic Management Corporation and the Hawks.

    So far, 13 people have been arrested and the ongoing operation expects to net more.

    “We used unconventional ways and we obtained evidence, so everything that we do and we have we can take to court,” said the Hawks’ Nico Gerber.

    “We believe we’ve got a very strong case.”

    The Transport MEC in the Free State says they’re cleaning up the province.

    “I have my people that are looking at these things so that they can remove this thing from our society,” said Sam Mashinini.

    “Corruption destroyed the country and we have to get into the space.”

    The investigations were launched in 2018 in two major Free State cities — Bethlehem and Harrismith. The suspects are expected to appear in the Harrismith magistrate’s court on Friday.