Cops call for two officials’ suspension

2012-11-29 00:00

MSUNDUZI traffic officers yesterday demanded the suspension of two officials acting in management positions.

In a letter addressed to the mayor, the officers, through their union Samwu, claimed that the two had stated that the traffic department should be excluded from the allocation of new vehicles as it had ring-fenced funds.

They said they have been requesting new cars since 2007.

Earlier this year, they said they were told they needed to recover money from outstanding fines, and this money would go towards purchasing new vehicles.

An amount of R1,6 million was recovered, however, they do not know what happened to that money.

Samwu’s local chairperson Mbuso Ncobeni reiterated that they were not on strike, and all they wanted were new cars to do their jobs.

“The management locked us out. We believe that the management is trying to cover up for someone who is not doing their work,” said Ncobeni.

The officers said they had been asking for new cars since 2007 as the ones they were using were bought in 1990 and were past their sell-by date.

“How can we charge other people for driving unroadworthy vehicles when we ourselves are driving cars that are not roadworthy? That is not correct,” said Ncobeni.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said new cars for the Traffic Department would be purchased in January.

“There was the general understanding within the municipality that the fleet was ageing,” said Nkosi.

Asked about the R1,6 million collected, he said that it would be allocated after being put in the budget review. It would be used to purchase tools of trade. Those were items such as bullet- proof vests, radios, uniforms, firearms, and cars.

He urged the traffic officers to raise their grievances with the municipality, and not the media.

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