The corruption in licensing departments around the country became evident again this week, when Laurelle Richards appeared in front of the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, to face fraud, money laundering and racketeering charges.
The traffic officer is reported to have charged a motorist with a traffic offence, and then persuaded the motorist to directly pay him R500 to have the ticket destroyed.
Clarity is being sought on how the convict had been appointed by the Sol Plaatje Municipality in the first place.
“Little did he know that the businessman he was about to be con was actually a brother of the MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison,” said police spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) says that services at six licensing and testing stations will be affected after several staff were suspended.
The ANC is expected to elect its new leadership at a conference this December, and the party’s succession debate has shifted into second gear this year.
The project came about when President Jacob Zuma visited the area in 2010 and was appalled by the conditions residents were subjected to.
Speaking at a commemoration event for former Communist Party leader Joe Slovo, Ramaphosa said lifestyle audits should be the first port of call, as the governing party continues its battle against corruption. A battle that many argue it is nowhere close to winning.
The vice-president, Teodorin Obiang Nguema, is facing charges of using public funds to buy a mansion and sports cars in France.
Two Gauteng metro police officers are due in court on Wednesday.