Shortage of traffic officers

2019-09-25 06:01

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Mniki said, “Officers do patrol and the department has embarked on road safety awareness.

“Law enforcement operations also contribute in the prevention of accidents through road side checks. Complaints are being addressed, as they are registered with our radio room or come in by written submission. Standing complaints are handled on an ongoing basis and monitored.”

Mniki further explained that a community development project had been embarked on and the outcome was still pending.

He added, “We do have plans for recruitment requests, but this is dependent on the budget and the availability of vacancies.”

However, according to the DA’s shadow MEC for transport, Marshall von Buchenroder, the latest data provided by the Department of Transport had revealed that just 538 law enforcement officers were employed to patrol the entire province’s provincial road network.

Von Buchenroder added, “Even more concerning is that the last intake of new staff was in the 2016/17 financial year, where just five new officers were appointed.

“A total of 73 interns were then recruited in the 2017/18 (43) and 2018/19 (30) financial years, and no appointments have been made this financial year,” he said.

In addition, the Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, revealed that the current ratio is one traffic law enforcement official for every 1 553 licensed road users in the Eastern Cape.

Von Buchenroder said in a recent statement that more law enforcement officers should be deployed on the Eastern Cape Roads, to curb the spiraling death toll that is sweeping through the province.

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