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R8,600 could ‘buy a driver’s licence’ at these testing stations — until now

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Eight thousand, six hundred rand.

That was the minimum going rate for those wanting to bypass having to demonstrate their proficiency behind the wheel and simply buy a driver’s licence at two testing stations in Limpopo.

Until the Hawks started knocking on doors at the Malamulele and Mutale testing stations in the province on Thursday.

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The takedown operation resulted in the arrest of 10 suspects aged 29 to 54, for allegedly selling licences. They included a senior licensing officer, three examiners, two clerks, a cashier, instructor, general worker and a middleman.

Hawks spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke said the bust followed a “community outcry” since 2017 about corrupt activities at testing stations in the province.

“The Hawks’ investigation revealed that the driving licences were sold at a minimum of R8,600 per applicant,” said Maluleke.

The Hawks’ serious corruption investigation team collaborated with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to nail the suspects.

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The 10 were expected to appear in the Malamulele and Mutale magistrates’ courts on Friday. TimesLIVE

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