Parking meter system ‘illegal’

2013-03-28 00:00

THE legality of Pietermaritzburg’s current parking meter system was questioned during a full council sitting yesterday.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said by-laws governing the system had been passed by the council, but were not yet gazetted. He said the by-laws were awaiting printing by the government printers.

Democratic Alliance councillor Mergan Chetty insisted that this meant the by-laws had no standing. Nkosi disagreed. After some discussion it turned out the answer could come from the courts, being a matter of interpretation by a magistrate.

Nkosi said he was certain the council was legally compliant. He added that municipalities governed with by-laws and “for us, all we need is a policy decision taken by full council in place”.

“I had a discussion with the legal guys and they advised that we can move on it,” he said.

Nkosi added, however, that if a resident took the municipality to court over the system, a magistrate would have to rule on the matter.

Councillor Rodger Ashe summed up the debate, saying the DA had expressed concerns and Nkosi had given his assurance that the system was legally compliant, but that would be tested only if a parking dispute went to court.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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