Operation Chihuahua fetches R40?000 in fines for Msunduzi

2011-02-08 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality’s Operation Chihuahua, aimed at enforcing city by-laws, has netted the council more than R40 000 since its launch on Thursday last week.

The head of the operation, David Gengan, said that between Thursday and yesterday the operation, which seeks to reclaim Pietermaritzburg from lawbreakers, has seen the removal of 77 illegal street traders.

The crackdown has so far resulted in fines of R1 500 each for five vehicles parked illegally R6  000 for six vehicles that had obstructed traffic, he added.

A motorist who was driving an unlicensed vehicle was given a spot fine of R600 while another motorist driving while talking on a cellphone was fined R500.

Two vehicles were towed away.

Fines for illegal dumping were issued to six formal businesses. Two businesses were disconnected after it was discovered that they had connected electricity illegally.

Gengan said another three business were given notice to remove their illegal structures.

Today the members of the operation will meet to assess the work that has been done.

The second phase — deploying peace officers to monitor compliance with by-laws — will resume and the officers will be familiarised with the operation’s handbook.

“The impact team will be broken down to smaller teams and they will continue to identify hotspots (where by-laws are being broken) and fines will be issued.”

Gengan said the processing of trading permits for the illegal traders who have been removed is continuing.

He noted that the municipality recently demarcated trading sites for the first time.


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