Cops probed on taxi signs

2008-10-13 00:00

Three Msunduzi Municipality traffic officers identified as having displayed illegal taxi signs on council vehicles are on the brink of being suspended.

They will know their fate after an investigation instituted by management has been completed by the end of the week.

Acting municipal manager Phil Mashoko told The Witness yesterday that the matter is being taken seriously and condemned the misuse of municipal vehicles.

He said the investigation centres on whether the officers confiscated the taxi signs from illegal metered taxis and negligently displayed them in traffic vehicles.

Strategic executive manager for community services and social equity Zwe Hulane said that for management to take action it needs all the facts.

The Witness understands that the culprits were on the brink of suspension even before the investigation was finalised. However, they are relying on the principle of “innocent until proven guilty”.

Hulane added that the acting manager for public safety, Kenneth Chetty, has been instructed to remove any illegal signs from traffic vehicles immediately.

“Soon after the first article on the displaying of illegal taxi signs was published in The Witness last week Wednesday, we acted to deal with the matter.

“We appointed an investigator and gave him strict instructions that the investigation should be finalised in five days.

“If the three officers are found to be in the wrong, then disciplinary actions will be instituted,” said Mashoko.

He commended residents for alerting the municipality to the illegal taxi signs, saying that “the public are our watchdogs and we urge them to alert us if council property is misused”.

thandom@witness.co.za

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