handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that five traffic officials are among nine people arrested over truck licences issued in the Free State to people who never actually took the tests.  

According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), so-called “jockeys” took the tests, but the licences were instead given to other people, who were never tested.  RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said the alleged corruption involved two examiners, three administration clerks and four jockeys, all based in Bethlehem.  “The applicants are introduced by the driving school instructors to the examiners, who are supposed to do the tests. Money will then be paid to the examiners or driving school instructor by the applicant, or vice versa,” Zwane advised.  He indicated further as follows:  “Truck (code 14) licences were issued to individuals who were not physically tested themselves, but a so-called 'jockey' was used to do the physical testing on the applicant’s behalf.”  More arrests are expected.

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