Reports are emerging that the ongoing shortage of specialised paper at e-Natis offices countrywide, has spread to the Eastern Cape, particularly the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. This means “face-value” licence disks cannot be printed, thus vehicle licences cannot be renewed, nor can new vehicles be registered and delivered.
I have contacted my colleague in Parliament, Manny de Freitas, DA Shadow Minister for Transport, to take up this matter on a national level.
We cannot allow that a government bungle forces citizens to drive vehicles with expired licence disks. Nor can we allow that the economy takes a knock because car dealerships cannot sell and transfer vehicles. This will have a knock-on effect on our economy.
Swift action is needed. Part of our economy cannot grind to a halt because of bureaucratic bungling. The DA is calling for an investigation into the matter. Action must be taken against the responsible officials. — Marshall von Buchenroder MPL, Shadow MEC for Transport