RTMC spent more than R300m irregularly

2014-04-03 16:00

The former Road Traffic Management Corporation board irregularly spent more than R300 million, according to the new board.

In 2010, R360 million was spent irregularly and R17 million was lost to fruitless and wasteful expenditure, newly appointed board chair Zola Majavu said today.

The board was dissolved in 2010 and a task team appointed to investigate the irregularities.

“The work is still ongoing, we will follow due processes to ensure the matter is dealt with in accordance to the law. We are not casting any aspersions on anyone at the moment,” he said.

Majavu said the idea was not to demonise anyone but to confront the issues objectively and robustly.

The new Road Traffic Management Corporation board started work in January. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said the former board was dissolved because it neglected its duties.

“This was due to a number of irregularities and instances of mismanagement of resources, as well as maladministration in the entity, which were discovered,” she said.

Peters signed a road safety agreement with the board in Johannesburg today. One of the aims of the agreement was to reduce road fatalities.

“We need to make sure we can keep our roads safe,” Peters said.

The organisation would ensure law enforcement of traffic laws. As the Easter weekend looms, Peters said there would be increased police visibility on the country’s roads.

The department had also been working with faith-based organisations to ensure road safety.

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