Learner licence applicant fails test, arrested for bribery

By Siyavuya Mzantsi Time of article published Apr 14, 2021

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CAPE TOWN - NOT only did a 33-year-old learner licence applicant fail his test, he was arrested for bribery on Wednesday.

The City said he offered an examiner at Milnerton Driving License Testing Centre R1 500 to change his results, after he failed the test.

He was arrested and detained at Milnerton SAPS.

“The City of Cape Town does not tolerate attempts to circumvent the law, as is evident from the examiner’s reaction to the bribe.

“We appeal to the public to refrain from engaging in this type of behaviour,” said safety and security mayco member JP Smith.

“Instead of simply having to deal with a delay in obtaining a learner license through the correct channels, this gentleman now faces the prospect of a criminal record if convicted,” Smith said.

His arrest came as a Matzikama traffic officer was expected to appear in court for corruption on Wednesday.

The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team arrested Riaan Wiid, a traffic officer from Matzikama Municipality and Augustine Mramba who worked as an instructor for Rasta Driving School during an intelligence driven operation on March 9, 2018.

They were arrested following allegations of corrupt activities at a Vredendal vehicle testing station.

Mramba, 36, was sentenced on April 7 by the Vredenburg Regional Court for corruption, said the Hawks.

“The investigations revealed that code 10 driver’s licences were being sold at a minimum of R2 000 each.

“Mramba who has been in custody since his arrest, was sentenced to five years imprisonment wholly suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted of fraud during the period of suspension,” said Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani.

She said when handing down the sentence, the court also took into account that Mramba entered into a plea bargain with the state in exchange of testifying against the traffic official who is due back in court on April 14.

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