RUSTENBURG HERALD - RUSTENBURG - South African motorists whose driver’s licences were due to expire at the end of March 2022 as a result of a major backlog in the issuing of licences were up in arms and according to the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) South African Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula was headed towards a “war” with South African motorists.
This would have been the case should the deadline for applications for the renewal of drivers licences not have been extended to 15 April2022. Sadly however, this is a matter of cold comfort as barely three weeks offer little consolation and even less chance that all South African motorists would be able to succeed with their applications for the renewal of their licences in just 15 days. To ad insult to injury, Rustenburg motorists in particular were in outrage as it turned out that the Rustenburg Municipality’s Licensing department were unable to accommodate the number of people flocking to its offices as a result of the backlog. Last week Rustenburg Herald was inundated with calls from outraged residents as soon as it became known that the Licensing department were turning away prospective applicants who have gathered at the main entrance from early hours in the morning.According to the head Communications of the Rustenburg Municipality - Thapelo Matebesi, the Licensing department are unable to accommodate more than 120 applicants per day as a result of system constraints regarding eye testing facilities and personnel. “Two eye testing officials from Rustenburg have been deployed at Marikana and Chaneng stations as we are yet to appoint officials at these stations”, Matebesi said. “We are however able to assist more people in the Bojanala region”, he concluded.