24-hour traffic law enforcement fails to launch

Issued by Marshall von Buchenroder, MPL
Shadow MEC for Transport

Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe should hang her head in shame, as the 24-hour traffic law enforcement that she has been promising for years, and which was supposed to come into effect at the beginning of October, has failed to launch.

Twenty-four-hour traffic law enforcement is desperately needed in the Eastern Cape if there is to be any hope of returning law and order to our roads and saving lives needlessly lost.

MEC Tikana Gxothiwe, in response to a parliamentary question, committed to rolling out the 24-hour Traffic Law Enforcement on 1 October 2020, on nine routes, as per the Department’s plan.

However, the Democratic Alliance has been reliably informed that, once again, the processes have ground to a halt.

The latest delays are, allegedly, because the HOD of the Department of Roads and Transport, Mr Mzilindile Mafani, has, to date, not signed a memorandum regarding the commencement of 24-hour traffic law enforcement. There have also apparently been no consultations with the Department’s labour representatives.

The only instruction traffic officers are alleged to have received, was to book a six-to-six day shift and six-to-six night shift, but no starting date was provided.

I have now submitted follow-up parliamentary questions to the MEC, to get answers from her as to why she has once again failed to get the 24-hour traffic law enforcement off the ground.

I am also challenging the MEC to resolve these delays as a matter of urgency and get the province’s 24-hour traffic law enforcement up and running before the end of October, which is Transport month.

If she cannot, then Premier Oscar Mabuyane must remove her and find someone else who actually cares about the lives of the people who use our roads.

The Democratic Alliance will continue to monitor this rollout and will hold the Department of Transport accountable if there are no visible traffic law enforcement officers on our roads.

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