ACC Uncovers Drivers’ Licence Scam

THE Anti-Corruption Commission has uncovered a drivers’ licence scam syndicate, which lead to the arrest of officials at the Roads Authority and suspected middleman.

In a statement late yesterday, the ACC said their investigations started in January and have so far identified 19 who appear to have obtained their learners and driving licences in a fraudulent manner.

The two agentsmiddlemen who have been arrested are Mutuefa Shikimeni also known as “Blackens” (32) and Kilijan Matti aka “Kandy” (37). Both appeared in court and were released on bail of N$4 000 each.

Four Natis employees have been implicated as persons of interest to the investigation. One of them is examiner Rodrigues Ricardo Julius, (32) who was arrested on Wednesday and appeared in court yesterday. He was granted bail of N$30 000. The case has been remanded to May 2014.

According to the statement the ACC bust the scam in January, while investigating allegations of corruption at Namibia Wildlife Resorts. Part of this investigation involved verifying whether a driver’s licence had been legitimately obtained by a particular individual.

A subsequent probe at Natis revealed what is believed to be a syndicate operating by issuing learners’ and driving licences to undeserving applicants for payment, without them being subjected to any written and practical testing.

Source : The Namibian