Durban – A wink, a nod and a couple of thousand rands will buy a driver’s license – it’s no secret, even though it has a major impact when it comes to counting the loss of lives on South Africa’s roads.
The Independent on Saturday team went undercover to investigate what a Corruption Watch researcher said was standard practice to pay a bribe, and prospective drivers were almost guaranteed to fail if they could not or were unwilling to pay.
The team found blatant bribery at three KZN RTI (Road Traffic Inspectorate) centres.
Responding yesterday, “gravely concerned,” Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s undertaking to fight corruption at all levels, such illegal activity would “not be tolerated in any way, shape or form”.
He added that the RTMC national traffic Anti-corruption Unit was currently working with police and the SIU (Special Investigating Unit) to root out and clamp down on such practices.