Traffic controllers allegedly left posts to help ANC

2016-06-10 10:45
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Pietermaritzburg - It has been alleged that traffic controllers helping school children cross the road were called away from their posts to help control traffic when the ANC handed out pamphlets on Thursday.

A source, who could not be named, claimed that two traffic controllers directing children across a road in Pietermaritzburg yesterday morning were called by ANC members to help hand out ANC pamphlets at the Market Square.

The traffic controllers allegedly left their posts in the middle of helping children across the road to help the ANC members at the Square.

The source said this behaviour was “unacceptable” and should not be allowed under any circumstances.

However, ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said: “There was a gathering this morning but the only officers were at the roadside controlling traffic.

“They were helping to ease congestion while we were handing out the pamphlets.

“No ANC member in their right mind would pull officers away from their duties to participate in party gatherings,” said Ntuli.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said yesterday that the Public Safety Business Unit was requested to help with traffic management “for a few MECs walking across from the KZN Premiers Office in Langalibalele Street”.

“Traffic assistance was provided in an official capacity,” she said.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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