The Community Solution.
What can be done to stop the, corruption so experienced in our very own driving licensing system? In numerous articles in this newspaper we have looked at problems to a wave of corruption that seems, to have spread throughout the licensing system. Acts like bribery, the trafficking of illegal licenses, the passing of people because due to a down payment, only scratch the tip of the iceburg when it comes to highlighting at the problems within the licensing departments of Southern Africa. Yet what if we look beyond the blind contradictions that are being heaped upon the system, and focus on how we as a community and a country can fix the problems presented to us.
The proposed solution at this present time is to go digital. This means placing cameras in every car and to monitoring every move that is made to ensure the fairness of the system for all people involved. And in doing so you should be able to spot every incidence of corruption that happens within the system, or do you.
The critique of this solution seems to be a strong on thought. Firstly you would have to have someone watching every tape and every moment of tape, this means that you would have to watch approximately 8 plus hours of activity every day, from every station in South Africa. This accounts to 56 or more hours of video of people doing tests analyzing every move and action made. Hardly and efficient way of finding corruption entrenched in the system that has eluded us so far. The next problem lies in whether the people watching the tapes are not corrupt or being bribed to negate certain incidents of corruption of bribery, such as a passed note, a leg felt, or a gesture made, an easy thing to pass off as an accidental miss, or lapse in concentration, if the culprit is caught. And lastly to do this you would need to hire more staff, something which seems impossible, for the department at the moment as they are unable to hire capable staff and sufficient staff to fill the basic requirements already in place. And lastly this effort does not seem to be able to view any of the corruption that takes place out of the space of the system, at home or in a driving instructors car. No it seems that the camera is not the perfect answer to the problem of corruption already facing the department.
The next solution that has been proposed is to pay the those working at the department more in order to counter the problem to bribery, to offer rewards to those coming forward to give information about corruption or that leads to the arrest of a criminal, or corrupt official within the department. And then exacting harsher punishments on those caught in the act, so to speak. This would then direct the system to a fairer and less corrupt system.
Yet a problem again arises in the fact that often the criminals can pay par more than the government is willing to. In an interview a department employee stated that he has earned up to two thousand rand a day, on a good day, dealing corrupt licenses, of fraudulent passes to people, who have obviously failed. People who do not deserve to pass due to poor driving or a massive lack of confidence on the road. In truth all this system does is push the criminals deeper into the system, forcing them to become clever and more resourceful, and therefore harder to eliminate from the system.
It seems that there is no solution to the problem of corruption at the moment yet it is my sincere hope that we as a community can find a solution that makes our roads safer and more secure and that people are treated more fairly and equally in the future.