Msunduzi traffic cops resume work

2012-11-28 00:00

WHILE the administrative functions of the Msunduzi traffic department have resumed, there seems to be confusion about when the traffic officers who downed tools recently, will be back at work policing the roads of the city.

The head offices of the Msunduzi Municipality traffic department in Washington Road have been re-opened following a week-long strike by traffic officers.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said the administrative staff are back at their desks.

“The offices have been operating since today [yesterday] and all the members of the public who want to use them or need to pay fines can now go ahead.”

As for the traffic officers resuming work, he said there would be delays there.

“That will not be immediately resolved. We had issued them with letters of intention to suspend and they have responded to those letters and there are still disciplinary procedures to go through.”

However, a traffic officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said they will also be resuming work today but were not willing to continue driving the same un-roadworthy vehicles. “We never said we did not want to work. We said we wanted new cars and our employer decided to lock us out of the gate.

“Our lawyer today wrote to the municipal manager to tell him that locking us out of the gate was illegal and the employer has agreed to open the gate and tomorrow we will be resuming work, it is up to him whether they give us the cars and our guns back.

“We do not want the old cars we were complaining about. We cannot work with those; we want the cars in the pool that are in a roadworthy condition.”

Regional secretary of Samwu, Nokubonga Dinga said they were not aware that the traffic officers were resuming work tomorrow.

“What we know is that after being issued with letters of intention to suspend, they were to respond to those letters and today they went to deliver those responses and were told they were not welcome at the municipality and should deliver those letters to the Alexandra police station.”

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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