By Emily Setona
QWAQWA– The Registrar of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) who is also its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has been terminated from his position of employment.
According to a statement issued by RTIA’s board of directors, registrar and CEO Japh Chuwe’s contract of employment has been terminated with immediate effect from October 29.
The board of RTIA placed its registrar/CEO with this dual role on precautionary suspension with effect from February 5 2021. This decision came after the 2019/2020 audit findings by the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA), on allegations of serious maladministration from these officials and other whistle-blower reports. A forensic firm was duly appointed to by the board of directors to investigate the findings of the AGSA and whistle-blower reports.
The precautionary suspension was a decision made by the board to preserve the integrity of the investigation and to maintain stakeholder confidence, the registrar/CEO and implicated senior employees were suspended with full pay, to allow for the investigators unrestricted access to information to conduct their investigation.
According to RTIA spokesperson, Monde Mkalipi, the department of transport appointed Dalian Mabula, the chief director of budgeting and compliance to act as the registrar/CEO from 15 February and she will remain in this position.
On October 29, Fakadzi Malindzisa head of communication of RTIA was in the Free State at Balmoral Shell Garage in Harrismith at the closing ceremony of the October Transport month.
He informing those in attendance about AARTO an acronym for Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences, which is guided by an Act of Parliament and is currently being implemented as a pilot in the Johannesburg and Tshwane Metropolitan areas. On the same day Japh Chuwe unceremoniously got terminated from his position as RTIA registrar/CEO.