RTSA boss talks tough over corruption

Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) executive director Zindaba Soko has said that he has cracked a lot of frauds and corruption deals at the agency and has vowed that he will endevour to ensure that road carnage is reduced to the barest minimum during his tenure.

Mr Soko said RTSA had the mandate to ensure that only roadworthy vehicles were allowed on the road and that there was a lot of corruption before he was appointed to head the institution.

Mr Soko said he had become unpopular among some of the members of staff because of his strong stance against wrong doing and that he was working hard to bring sanity to the institution.

He said allegations that he was corrupt were being peddled by people who were not happy that he had sealed all the corruption conduits.

Mr Soko said he did not mind being branded corrupt because those who were calling him names were no longer earning their corrupt money and that it was not surprising that there was anger among them.Mr Soko said he was a master of economic and logistics and had the mandate to serve government to best of his abilities.He said the agency had since introduced the enforcement department which was meant to enforce traffic laws and that the institution had saved a lot of money from subcontracting law enforcement officers.Mr Soko for the first time, workers at the agency were highly motivated because of the improved conditions of service the institution had embarked on soon after he was appointed.

“I have cracked a lot of fraudulent activities from the time I was appointed to head this institution and it is not surprising that I am unpopular among some of the employees. Most of them are angry because I have sealed all the loopholes of corruption. There was a lot of corruption at RTSA before I came. I am happy that sanity is coming back to the agency and it is important to note that we deal with human life and we cannot afford to be reckless and irresponsible with our mandate,” Mr Soko said.Mr Soko said the agency was at 60 percent present across the country and that the biggest challenge was that the agency was still under-staffed with only one inspector policing 1000 vehicles in a day.He explained that it was because of the under-staffing that the agency outsourcing officers to help police the vehicles on the roads.