Corrupt Activities by Officials
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi’s belated announcement that the Department of Roads and Transport will be taking steps against officials in the Department allegedly involved in corrupt activities has been brought about by DA action in the City of Johannesburg.
In the DA-run City of Johannesburg, 70 officials in licensing departments were arrested for being involved in corrupt activities.
The DA in the Provincial Legislature has for years warned MEC Vadi that corruption is not only endemic in the testing and licensing sections of the department.
Sworn affidavits by members of the public were provided to the MEC identifying officials in the department. Yet these were received by deafening silence from the MEC and members of his department.
A 2016 enquiry by the Transport Portfolio Committee on the taxi industry in Gauteng produced further startling evidence of corrupt activities by officials. MEC Vadi refers to almost a thousand officials fingered in the operation, a reflection of the extent of the rot.
There is little doubt that the initiative by Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba forced the MEC to take action. We hope that this belated action will not peter out without tangible results, as has often happened in the past.
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Transportation
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