Molopo (Zakes) Namate, area manager of Mookgopong, Marlene van Staden, mayor, Bianca Mocke chair of the social services committee, and Patrick Shika, communication officer of the municipality.
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The driving licencing department office in Mookgophong went up in flames in the early hours of Tuesday 24 April, following a decision to close down the place as a result of the alleged fradulent issuing of driver’s licences.
Transport authorities had dropped a bombshell the previous day, Monday 23 April, when they disclosed that more than 100 driving licences issued in Mookgophong were “authorised illegally”.
While details about the fire were sketchy, it has emerged that alleged arsonists gained entry into the complex by breaking through the security fencing.
The forensic unit of the SAPS was working to determine the cause of the fire.
“We are very disappointed, as this looks like an attempt to frustrate invetigations into corruption, and this shall not stop us from pressing on with investigations,” said Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden.
The Anti-Fraud and Corruption Unit started with forensic investigations on Monday 23 April, a process which was anticipated to last for a full four weeks.
The Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality issued a public notice, to the effect that the licencing office in Mookgophong would not be rendering services with regards to driver’s and learner’s licences.
“More than 100 driving licences have been authorised illegally,” Limpopo Transport Department spokesperson, Matome Moremi, said in response to queries sent out by The BEAT.
He further disclosed that the departmental Anti-Fraud and Corruption Unit had monitored Mookgophong Driving Licence Testing Centre for more than three months.
He said notice was served on the Mookgophoong testing centre on Wednesday 18 April 2018, that all appointments for learner’s and drivers’ licences be stopped.
“The last appointment date was Friday 20 April,” he said.
No new learners or driving licence appointments were made in order not to have a negative impact on service delivery.
Applicants were advised to alternatively do so at the testing centre in Modimolle, for the time being.
Other services such as the renewal of driver’s licences would not be affected.
10 months ago 25 April 2018