‘Ticket book full’ when it’s the mayor’s car

2011-03-18 00:00

A SOUTH Coast man was left angry and feeling betrayed by what he perceives to be double standards in the traffic officers’ dealings with their taxpayers.

This after he had pointed out to a traffic officer that the driver of a top politician’s car had parked in a clearly marked “no parking” space in Margate yesterday.

Fred van den Bergh saw the black Jeep, with the prestigious “NPS 1” numberplate, which is registered to the Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) mayor Nolwazi Shusha, parked outside the Spur Steak Ranch at around 2 pm. “I had been given a R600 ticket for doing something similar the day before,” said Van den Bergh.

“When I saw a traffic cop who was walking up and down the street I asked her if she was going to give the driver a ticket too.”

“She told me that her ticket book was full and that there was nothing she could do,” said a frustrated Van den berg, who then took a photograph of the vehicle and sent it in to The Witness.

Simon Soboyisa, senior manager of communications and mayoralty at the HCM, acknowledged that senior municipal representatives are not exempt from following existing traffic laws. “It is a very difficult situation and at this stage we do not know if the mayor was even present when the vehicle was parked there,” he said.

“It could be that there was nowhere else for the driver to park at that time.” He ordered the matter to be investigated.

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