Refuse trucks impounded

2012-06-25 00:00

AS many as six Msunduzi Municipality refuse trucks have been impounded by the Public Transport Enforcement Unit (PTEU) last week.

However, this will not affect waste collection, according to Msunduzi spokesperson, Brian Zuma, as brand new service delivery vehicles had been dispatched to ensure that municipal work goes uninterrupted.

“It is true that six refuse trucks were impounded and it is an open secret that we have aging infrastructure,” said Zuma.

“That is why we have purchased about 100 brand new vehicles to replace the aging fleet.”

Zuma said there has been a delay in dispatching the new vehicles because the municipality was still in the process of training drivers for the new fleet.

PTEU, which falls under the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI), impounded the trucks last week after they were found to be unroadworthy.

“The instruction is that they will be kept in the Mkondeni pound until a breakdown is used to tow them away because they are not roadworthy,” said KZN transport spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu.

“In terms of safety on the road we had to impound them although they belong to a local municipality.”

She said this was an ongoing operation.

However, the incident comes against the backdrop of community concerns about refuse not being collected in various areas around the city.

Municipal insiders claim that this was an act of sabotage by disgruntled employees at the waste department. They blame inefficient managers at the waste department for allowing workers to use unroadworthy vehicles.

The challenges at the waste department could not have come at a worse time for Sipho Dubazane, the newly appointed acting deputy municipal manager for community services, who will have a mammoth task ahead of him.

Dubazane is a former municipal manager for Umzin­yathi District Municipality and is credited for obtaining an unqualified audit.


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