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Taxis to ‘wage war’ if licences revoked

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Taxi operators have threatened to ‘wage war’ if their operating licences are revoked, following an investigation that confirmed allegations of irregularities in the awarding of licences by the Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison.

Public Service Commission commissioner Anele Gxoyiya and Northern Cape Public Protector representative Mlungisi Khanya. Picture: Soraya Crowie

TAXI operators have threatened to “wage war” if their operating licences are revoked, following an investigation that confirmed allegations of irregularities in the awarding of licences by the Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison.

The report, which investigated allegations of bribery, improper conduct and maladministration between 2016 to 2022, was released by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and Public Protector’s office this week.

The department was advised to approach the court to “clean up the system” and withdraw all irregular licences.

PSC commissioner Anele Gxoyiya stated that taxi operators had not issued their own licences and were utilising them for many years “without any qualms”.

“The entire system has been compromised. It was like going to a shop where they would go in and come out with a licence, while others who followed the correct procedures waited for three years. The department will have to embark on a legal process to invalidate these licences through the courts, which may take some time,” said Gxoyiya.

He added that while it was discovered that licences were bought from officials, they could not quantify how many licences were awarded irregularly.

Gxoyiya also estimated that the department suffered financial losses amounting to thousands of rand.

He indicated that the report was binding and the department was compelled to implement the recommendations within the next 60 days.

Northern Cape Public Protector representative Mlungisi Khanya indicated that officials could be held personally liable for any losses incurred by the department.

“One official who was implicated retired in April and losses can be recouped from his pension,” said Khanya.

He added that it was “unclear” as to why the findings of internal investigations compiled by the deputy director of policy and research, WT Gerber, and the chief provincial inspector, Olehile Bosaletse, were never implemented.

A spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Rennie Andrias, said they had co-operated with the investigation and were committed to fully implementing the recommendations made in the report.

“The department will follow the necessary legal prescripts and internal procedures when it implements the mentioned recommendations,” said Andrias.

Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Tebogo Thebe said an inquiry was under investigation into the issuing of fraudulent taxi permits in Kimberley, although no arrests were imminent at this stage.

Read the full article online at www.dfa.co.za

PSC commissioner Anele Gxoyiya and Northern Cape Public Protector representative Mlungis Khanya. Picture: Soraya Crowie
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