The Mookgophong Licensing Centre after it went up in flames. Photo: Supplied

Arson investigated at Mookgophong licensing office


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The police have confirmed an investigation into apparent arson following the burning down of the Mookgophong licensing office, against the backdrop of an alleged corruption probe.

Limpopo SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, said a case of arson had been opened.

He cautioned, however, that the cause of the fire was still unknown, pending further investigations.

Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden has vowed that the administration would not rest until corruption was rooted out. 

Ngoepe said in a recent statement that the police and fire brigade were called to the scene, after the security personnel on the premises noticed a flame blazing from the top of the roof.

The building went up in flames, just after transport authorities had closed down operations, pending alleged fraud investigations into the issuing of driver’s and learner’s licences.

Upwards of 100 licences were allegedly issued unlawfully.

“While the reasons for the alleged torching of the office is still to be determined, it is highly concerning that the section targeted is the same one that was shut down earlier this month by the Department of Transport’s Anti-Fraud and Corruption Unit,” van Staden said.

The mayor disclosed that a number of municipal officials have been implicated regarding allegations of wrong-doing in the issuing of driver’s and learner’s licences.

She added that a full investigation into the arson attack has been launched, and the specialised arson forensic team from Gauteng will be leading the investigation.

2 years ago       04 May 2018