|Natis suspends officer in licence scam|
|Thursday, 03 February 2011 10:22|
NAMIBIA Transport Information Services (NaTIS) has suspended its Oshakati supervisor and licensing officer, Medusalem Petrus,who was implicated in the sale of licence codes last week.
Namibia Roads Authority Public Relations Officer, Dr Audrin Mathe, confirmed yesterday that a NaTIS employee was sent on suspension but declined to identify who it was.|
Mathe, however, said that an internal investigation is underway.
“Yes a Natis employee was sent on suspension but I cannot tell you who it is as we are still busy with our internal investigations,” said Mathe.
According to an inside source, who preferred anonymity, Petrus was caught after a prospective licence holder exposed him for issuing out a wrong licence code after claiming to have paid for another code.
The source alleged it was during the fracas in the NaTIS hallway when the unidentified man exposed Petrus whom he said he had paid N$4,000 for a Code 11 driver’s licence of which he was allegedly never issued a receipt.
A drivers licence Code 10 and 11 respectively cost N$260 when issued after passing a practical test.
The source further alleged it is suspected the unidentified licence applicant might have failed several practical tests before allegedly bribing Petrus who worked in cahoots to issue him the licences.
“There was a commotion in the NATIS office after an unidentified man burst out shouting and demanding to see Medusalem saying he was issued a wrong licence and not the one he had paid for,” the source said.
When contacted Petrus declined to comment saying Informanté must contact him on Friday, “Call me this week on Friday.”
Mathe advised people to refrain from buying licences saying corrupt officers must be reported to help stem out such practices.