Not enough resources for Msunduzi traffic officers

2020-03-25 06:02

MSUNDUZI traffic officers have accused Msunduzi Municipality of turning a blind eye on the challenges of not having enough resources to perform their duties.

Sources inside the Msunduzi traffic department who did not want to be mentioned for fear of victimisation told Echo that one of the main issues that they have is that they do not have enough cars.

They say even those that they are currently using are not in a good condition and others have not been serviced.

“The situation is so bad in a way that we have decided to not go out on operations until the cars are fixed. We currently have about five cars that we are using but they are not in good condition.We report to work every day but we stay at the office for the whole day.

“We only go out in the morning to control traffic on busy roads like Moses Mabhida Road where traffic lights are not working. We then go back to the office and do nothing. The cars we use to patrol during mornings are also in bad condition.

He added that drivers have to purchase their own motor parts when their vehicles are broken down which is the reason why some officers now prefer to use their personal vehicles to work.

He said they have tried to engage with the municipality regarding these issues but they do not get the answers.

“We travel in a group of five in one car, which is against the laws and the regulations of the municipality. They told us that a maximum of three people can travel in one car not more than that, but we are doing it because we do not have a choice,” he said.

Apart from not having enough cars, employees say that they do not have uniforms. They say they last received uniforms in 2016.

“We survive by begging for old trousers and boots from our friends who work at RTI. Even newly employed officers are given uniforms once. We give them [new employees] our old uniforms that we are no longer using,” said another source.

The source also revealed that there are traffic officers who were recently appointed, but don’t have appointment cards and perform duties of giving drivers fines without appointment cards, which is against the law.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the municipality does have challenges with vehicles as some of the vehicles are currently being repaired.

“We are not aware of any municipal drivers that have bought parts as no claim or report has been submitted to respective supervisors. According to our fleet policy no one is allowed to make any repairs on the council vehicles.

It is not true our officers are currently working. All the issues are being addressed accordingly. There is definitely a plan in place cars are being repaired,” she said.

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