Fire damage at Lephalale licensing department delays services 

Raging fire has left scores of motorists in Lephalale, Limpopo stranded for the past three weeks following an incident in which it raged through the Civic Centre causing havoc at the local licensing department.

Police estimate the damage to be more than R100 000.

Those hard hit are people applying for leaners and renewing driver’s licences, including permits.

In a statement on Tuesday, Lephalale Municipality Spokesperson, Conscious Chiloane  said it was unfortunate those renewing and applying for permits and learners licenses will have to wait a little longer.

“We apologise that those services will remain suspended,” said Chiloane.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the fire fighters extinguished the fire which had already wrecked three licence department offices, causing damaged estimated at over R100 000.

“The cause of fire has not yet known, but the ongoing police investigations will tell,” said Mojapelo.

However, Chiloane said only those who want to renewal vehicle licenses, registration and change of ownership will get help at post offices, Mokuruanyane Thusong Centre and the Provincial Traffic Station along the OR Tambo Avenue.

“Licensing facilities mentioned above have only one service point. We therefore request motorists to exercise patience at these facilities,” said Chiloane.

“The Municipality apologises for the inconvenience because of this incident and is doing everything possible to restore licensing services at the Civic Centre. We will keep you informed about developments,” added Chiloane.



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