Mayor sets record straight on paid parking

2017-11-22 06:02

KWADUKUZA Municipality Mayor Ricardo Mthembu has clarified some of the issues that have risen from the public outcry over the recently implemented paid parking system during a media briefing at the council chambers on Tuesday, November 14.

The briefing comes after weeks of unrest from motorists who feel disgruntled about the municipality’s introduction of the R6 per hour paid parking system in the CBD which is being administered by Vusa Isipho Trading.

Since the implementation, marches to the municipal gardens have been staged, most recently over the weekend, in protest of paying for parking which motorists call “daylight robbery”.

Addressing the media, Mthembu said that the decision to bring back the paid parking was part of the resolution taken at the 2016 council Lekgotla and as such the decision was unanimous.

“The municipality had to look at many ways of enhancing revenue. As you all know, metered parking was there before in KwaDukuza and had to be stopped due the lack of security as it [metres] was frequently vandalised. We are of the view that the new system will help curb crime in the CBD,” said Mthembu.

There was also a team established to visit other municipalities that have adopted the same system to ascertain how KwaDukuza can best implement it, he said.

In terms of the consultations with the public, the mayor reiterated that there were IDP road shows where the matter was discussed.

“It may happen that people were not paying attention since not everyone attends public meetings, but I can assure you that the matter of the paid parking system was discussed. We cannot rule out the issue of political point scoring whenever there are tariffs involved, the public must be informed. In terms of the tender process in this case KDM did not have a specific preference criteria as to who gets it and we should also put it on record that the municipality does not pay any money to the service provider or their staff,” added Mthembu.

The question of parking around hospitals and workplaces, the municipality has decided to relax parking limitations. For those who are working in places where it requires them to park on the street, a system of monthly parking coupons will be put in place and those parking outside the hospital will exempted from paying.

The alleged intimidation of motorist by certain KDM traffic officers was refuted by executive director of community safety Cecil Viramuthu who said there hasn’t been a formal complaint to his office.

“We are not aware of the matter but law enforcement officers are meant to support the marshals and any complaints from the public should be directed to my office,” he said. In terms of a full roll out of the system in Ballito, uMhlali and Shakaskral, this is yet to be decided as council is still deliberating on its feasibility in the areas.


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