Municipality lacks law enforcement

2015-05-07 06:00
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The Msunduzi Municipality has failed to curb illegal second-hand informal trading at the corner of Boshoff and Church streets.

PHOTO: file The Msunduzi Municipality has failed to curb illegal second-hand informal trading at the corner of Boshoff and Church streets.

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THE Msunduzi Municipality’s lack of law enforcement makes the municipality a “toothless dog”.

This came to light at the recent Executive Committee (Exco) council sitting, when Exco member Thulani Xulu­ questioned the municipality’s enforcement of its by-laws.

Xulu questioned how council will implement and enforce the newly proposed opening of the 24-hour traffic law enforcement stations when it comes to the enforcement of warrants of arrest, public-transport enforcement, escort duties of special events, heavy-duty vehicle enforcement and the N3 speed enforcement and patrol duties.

This will also tackle irregular parking, illegal street car washing and random mechanical ventures. A report from the community services business unit states that the municipality experiences a 30% increase in its maintenance and repairs budget on the replacement of traffic lights, crash barriers, electricity poles as a result of motor vehicle accidents which occur predominantly at night.

The rolling out of the 24-hour traffic law enforcement will stretch as far as the CBD, Greater Edendale, northern suburbs and Vulindlela.

Xulu asked how council will carry out the enforcement of the new traffic law management if for months its fails to enforce informal trade by-laws on just one individual illegally trading on the corner of Boshoff and Church streets.

“My concern with security is with the issue of law enforcement. We have an issue here which concerns us as Exco members - the issue of the person who sells clothes between Boshoff and Church streets. We discussed this and it was closed. Surprisingly the person is back. Did they [municipal officials] issue a new licence to the person because we resolved that issue. In a previous reports we talked about bringing investors into our city.

“Where we cannot enforce the law to one individual, how can we secure investment? This undermines us when we take resolutions. What tells you that the law is going to be enforced if we cannot protect our business people who pay rates and taxes from a person who doesn’t pay rates and taxes?” asked Xulu.

Exco member Eunice Majola urged council to look into the congested Pietermaritz Street.

“We need to look at the issue of Pietermaritz­ Street as I am not sure what is happening there. If you go around Pietermaritz Street you will be there forever because taxis park there and there are car washes in the parking areas,” said Majola.

The deputy municipal manager for economic development Dr Ray Ngcobo said the informal clothing business on the corner of Boshoff and Church streets is not legitimate.

“That person does not have a permit from us. We previously went there and confiscated large quantities of clothing and it was a joint operation between economic and community services.

“Our security [personnel] will have to go and confiscate again,” said Ngcobo.

Deputy municipal manager for community services Boniwe Zulu said that due to challenges in personnel, the project will steadily be carried out in phases.

“We are taking into consideration the challenges in terms of personnel so we are going to start small with what we have until we are in a position to offer a comprehensive shift service,” explained Zulu.

The establishment of a traffic law enforcement station is aimed at promoting urban safety on a 24-hour basis­

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