Mkondeni vehicle testing centre comes to a standstill

2015-02-17 00:00

PEOPLE were left waiting for more than four hours outside the Mkondeni vehicle testing centre yesterday due to lack of staff.

Only two people were operating at the counters of the testing office yesterday after 12 employees had allegedly taken leave at once.

This resulted in just two queues that continued all the way outside the building.

One of the queues continued into the eye-testing room where more than 50 people were huddled together on the benches.

People in the queue said they had been waiting for almost four hours and had not even got halfway to the doors of the building.

One man, who asked not to be named, said he had been there since 9 am.

“I haven’t yet seen what the queue is like inside the building but I have been here more than three hours now … My legs really hurt,” the man said.

A traffic officer from the department, who asked not to be named, said 12 ­administrative employees were on leave or had called in sick.

“This is an ongoing issue especially after December. Management is poor,” the officer said.

Department of Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said there are some staff who are on leave and some members took leave yesterday morning.

According to him, the department has asked the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) to investigate why so many employees had taken leave on one day.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused to the public. We will ­ensure that the matter will be dealt with and that it won’t happen again,” Ncalane said.

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