Strike and new production systems cause driver license backlog

Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande assured South Africans that driver’s license applications will not be affected by the current impasse between the Department of Transport and Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA) employees.

But there are still grievances at DLCA causing delays in the printing of new drivers licenses.

On Friday last week, we heard from listeners who have been struggling to get new licenses.

READ:Tshwane free online license renewal system now open

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, CEO at DLCA Collins Letsoalo says there was a delay of the printing of new drivers licenses.

We had a strike that went on but equally at that time we had an upgrade of the production system and we had taken about three weeks to do that. And as a result, we had a backlog of a number of cards.

Collins Letsoalo, CEO at DLCA

He adds that when they started the upgrades they had a strike which they didn't think would affect the cards at the time and they put a contingency plan to make sure that they deal with the backlog.

Letsoalo added that claims that employees were fired are untrue but rather contracts expired.

Listen below to the full interview:


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