No traffic officers for Mooi River beat

2012-04-24 00:00

MPOFANA (Mooi River) has no traffic officers on the road, the Democratic Alliance warned yesterday.

DA caucus leader Ken Denys­schen said only the head of the traffic department and one other officer were left.

The peace officer licences of the other traffic officers have not been renewed, because two have criminal records and one is awaiting trial on a charge of drunken driving.

“With the Spring Grove dam [being built in the area] the municipality has a responsibility to provide traffic presence along the R103,” he said.

Denysschen said the council had instructed the municipal manager to employ two additional traffic officers because they would generate income for the municipality.

“The two additional officers have never been employed. No traffic positions have been filled, leaving only one traffic officer to fulfil the role of a clerk and the municipality with no officers on the road,” he said.

Denysschen said this made the municipality criminally negligent with regard to an accident in Rosetta a few days ago, in which schoolchildren were injured when a taxi on its way from Mooi River to a local school collided with a taxi that had failed to stop at an intersection.

Mpofana manager Muzi Madlala confirmed that the municipality had deployed three traffic officers to other departments because they were found to have criminal records. This means they are not legally empowered to act as arresting officers.

He confirmed that the municipality had only two officers, one being the head of department.

“We have interviewed candidates and we should be filling in the vacant positions in a matter few weeks,” Madlala said.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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