Over 7 months ago, i queried the Knysna Municipality with regards the closing down of the Knysna Vehicle Testing Station. It was a drastic measure which strongly implied that there was corruption. As usual, our not-for-the-people municipality was unhelpful. Lauren Waring’s press release lied when it told us to contact John Jaftha, the Acting Director of Community Services, for more information because Athane Scholtz, the Communication Officer, responded with, “The Municipality is making no further comment at this time.” The reason they gave us for the closure was upgrades. That did not imply upgrades of humans from corrupt to honest.
Yesterday, they released this:
The During January 2013 a whistle-blower approached the Municipality with allegations that officials in the Vehicle Testing Station were issuing roadworthy certificates without the requisite certifications.
The Municipal Manager tasked its internal auditors, Meyer Otto, to conduct an independent investigation into the accuracy of the allegations. The internal auditors investigated the examinations for the fourth quarter of 2012 and found several concerning irregularities and anomalies that necessitated a more comprehensive investigation into the testing of vehicles and the issuing of roadworthy certificates.
The Municipality appointed ENS to conduct a forensic investigation into the allegations and the findings published by Meyer Otto. ENS investigated the testing of vehicles and the issuing of roadworthy certificates for a 13-month period to determine the extent of the irregularities and anomalies.
The forensic investigation evaluated approximately six hundred tests of vehicles and roadworthy certificates against the minimum prescribed standards. The investigation uncovered several high risk anomalies caused by the issuing of roadworthy certificates for vehicles which might not have been roadworthy.
Emanating from the final report four officials in the Knysna Municipality Community Services Directorate have been placed on precautionary suspension.
The precautionary suspensions are in line with a report to Council last week (Thursday 26 September) which also recommended the Municipal Vehicle Testing Station be closed until further notice.
Just yesterday, Love Knysna subscribers were commenting on traffic corruption. As some of us have witnessed, taxis seem to sometimes get away with traffic violations for which personal usage cars get stopped. If taxis were involved in the corruption, will there be an investigation into the taxi associations involved?
Is the rumour true that the head of the Knysna Vehicle Testing Station is one of the suspended?.