Vehicle clearance ‘nightmare’ at Mangaung

2012-12-15 13:29

Buses, service provider trucks, ministers’ vehicles, delegates and media queued for approximately a kilometre at the Tempe Military Base in Bloemfontein to get their vehicle security clearance.

All vehicles entering the University of the Free State’s main campus, where the ANC is holding its national conference, have to be processed at the military base in advance.

“Ke mathata fela (It’s a big problem),” said one of the delegates queuing in his car.

Each car was searched before being issued a sticker and escorted to the campus by police.

Another motorist said: “This is just a waste of time.”

Motorists got out of their cars, stretched their legs and played music to keep themselves entertained.

All entrances to the university have restricted access and traffic on Nelson Mandela Drive, leading to the main entrance, is controlled by traffic police.

When a vehicle leaves the campus, the sticker is removed and the vehicle would have to be processed again on re-entry.

The ANC’s national conference starts tomorrow.

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