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Billions lost to fraud in licensing departments: RTMC – SABC News

The Road Traffic Management Corporation says it is investigating 820 cases of fraudulently issuing learner’s and driver’s licences, roadworthiness certificates and vehicle license discs.

This is following an investigation by the Special Investigation Unit. The President authorized him through Proclamation R37 of 2017 to investigate the Department of Transportation and its organizations.

Defense counsel for the corporation’s chief executive, Mahosini Msibi, says this has resulted in a loss of R3 billion in revenue for the fiscus.

Msibi was speaking during a joint media briefing with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and SIU head Godfrey Lebeya in Pretoria on measures the department has taken to fight corruption in road traffic organisations.

The SIU and Transport Department fraud investigation:

“The priority is Gauteng where we have R1.2 billion worth of license discs that have been fraudulently issued and these vehicles are on the road, mainly by a number of businessmen. It was followed by Mpumalanga and subsequently the Free State. Those are the three that play a major role and when you take the total figure of the amount that the fiscus has lost, that’s about R3 billion that we still have to recover from all these people.”

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