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Airport evicts metro cops over unpaid rent

2012-11-17 11:39

Johannesburg - Ekurhuleni metro police were evicted from their office at OR Tambo International Airport for failure to pay rent, according to a report on Saturday.

The Saturday Star reported that the metro police found themselves locked out on Friday after their rent had not paid for over a year.

This was after the grace period on a final demand notice, which Airports Company SA (Acsa) issued to the Ekurhuleni council, expired on Friday.

Acsa spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis said the decision to evict the metro police was not taken lightly.

"We have been sending them invoices since December last year, and our finance department has been communicating with the metro properly on this."

She would not divulge how much was owed on the account.

Some metro police officers voiced concerns that certain aspects of law enforcement at the airport could be compromised.

Comments
  • Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-11-17 11:49

    \Law enforcement could be compromised\. What a joke, those guys are always at Mugg and Bean or Sausage Saloon!

      lsfreak - 2012-11-17 11:55

      They are just worried they are gonna miss out on their cut of the loot taken each day from our bags :D

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-17 12:23

      Just another reminder our country is screwed!!!!!

      james.bondiski - 2012-11-17 12:44

      Good now evict them from behind those cameras as they are not paying rent for pavement space either!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-17 14:01

      I wonder if Zipper is up to date on his bond at Nkandla... Perhaps an eviction... No that's just me daydreaming...

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-11-17 14:47

      Yip another day at comedy central, SA

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-11-17 15:35

      Another cANCer run municipal f-up. The mind no longer boggles but simply takes note without surprize.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-11-17 22:08

      Also, not sure why they should be paying rent in the first place? Surely they are there to assist ACSA and passengers??? Whether the police are doing a good job is another issue!!! We had the same debate from Metrorail wanting the police to pay while patrolling the trains. In Europe/US the police travel on public transport for free when in uniform as an example.....

      frank.kistler.31 - 2013-01-07 12:28

      The real South-Africa...net daaa lol

      clint.thorpe - 2013-01-08 08:26

      They will use any excuse they can in this situation. With their cushie number at the airport stopped it means they might actually have to get out on the roads and do some real police work! Mugg & Bean and Sausage Saloon are going to cry when they see the rapid drop in turnover as a result of the loss of the doughnut squad...

  • nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-11-17 11:53

    Would have been prudent to think about compromised law enforcement when they stopped paying rent. When will getting a salary be linked to TAKING RESPONSIBILITY and stuffing up be linked to GETTING FIRED again??

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-17 12:34

      Not paying rent IS against the law. The law that states do not enter into a contract and then not comply to the agreement. Compromised themselves....

  • albert.m.burger - 2012-11-17 11:57

    Wheel clamp them

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-17 12:08

      Their front door was "wheel clamped"

      erich.goosen - 2012-11-17 14:26

      The result of the eviction be twofold: First crime at the airport will go down and secondly the business of KFC will take a nose dive.

      erich.goosen - 2012-11-17 14:29

      Come to think of it - issuing tickets and and towing away of vehicles must have been a lucrative business and the income generated by Ekhurhuleni Metro Council in this way must have exceeded the rent many times over.

      John - 2012-11-17 14:30

      Soory , the vehicles have either been written off or repossessed LOL

  • nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-11-17 11:57

    Should have thought about compromised law enforcement a year ago. When will getting a salary be linked to TAKING RESPONSIBILITY and stuffing up be linked to GETTING FIRED again?

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-17 11:58

    Transfer them to Nkandla. Free accommodation for the incompetent.

  • Erna - 2012-11-17 12:05

    Typical new SAfrican attitude - we don't have to pay for services, accommodation, wedding arrangements, etc.

  • tgif.wtfaw - 2012-11-17 12:06

    Eish !! how are they going to collect lunch money at their designated spot now ???

  • rooibok1 - 2012-11-17 12:08

    Amazing times....ha ha!!

  • hennie.lues.5 - 2012-11-17 12:23

    Law enforcement? It's criminal not to pay your rent.

  • donny.doncaster - 2012-11-17 12:39

    Laughable.

  • edwin.whitehead.7 - 2012-11-17 12:41

    I have the same problem with the ANC office in Richmond NC. They owe me more than a year as well. Not answering phones or replying on faxes.

      joseph.m.malope - 2012-11-17 12:51

      Evict them n lock ur office,shame ekurhuleni metro

      edwin.whitehead.7 - 2012-11-17 14:15

      I am planning to involve some parties as well. They love gossip like this.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-17 14:44

      Anc dont pay on principle. Cash up front with ANC

  • christi.roestorff - 2012-11-17 12:47

    How many other countries, where airports are owned by state or parastatals, make their police pay rent for offices?

  • charles.alfonso.7 - 2012-11-17 12:47

    Arrogant,corrupt,overweight,lazy,gum chewing sods who make the airport look untidy and are forever looking to bribe someone at the exists to the airport. Wanted to fine me the other day for not having put on the headlights of my motor vehicle in grey overcast conditions.

      charles.alfonso.7 - 2012-11-17 13:20

      White metro police officers are not allowed to be stationed at the airport as it is a national key point. It is viewed as bad for the image of the country to have white officers stationed there.

  • ernustus.louw - 2012-11-17 12:47

    Edwin , just lock the place, no rent no office

      edwin.whitehead.7 - 2012-11-17 12:58

      Im planning to....just before the election,so it can be a shame to them.

      edwin.whitehead.7 - 2012-11-17 13:45

      I will gladly go to the media. The DA will love to hear this.

      mclaz001 - 2012-11-19 14:18

      Hi Please get the DA in so that the police and metro have to pass the basic fitness tests again, "DO NOT PASS GIVE THEM 1 MONTH TO GET FIT. STILL NO PASS YOU ARE FIRED"!!!!!!!!!! SAME AS IN AMERICA AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

  • mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2012-11-17 12:58

    Now Law and enforcement is comprised on our airports. But we still have 238m for security upgrades for so called GOOD FOR NOTHING PRES***T. Hmmm. We are just a laughing stock of other countries. Let's get rid of this VIRUS b4 it takes all over our bodies.

      Deon de Lange - 2012-11-17 13:34

      Bua, Mfueto.

  • Pete7930 - 2012-11-17 13:08

    well done OR Tambo, no services will be lost, thats a sure bet

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-11-17 13:09

    This was a cruel, senseless act, smacking of callousness on behalf of the Airports Company. Where will these people sleep during day-time, and where will their zombies in the luggage department hand them their share of the day's spoils?

  • John Badenhorst - 2012-11-17 13:15

    Metro Police are a bloody disgrace, they are not cops, they are robbers, overweight and good for nothing...recently tried to solicit a bribe from me and i told the guy to pi$$ off....saw the same clown a few hours later drive past an accident that had just happened and not even stop to render assistance. they should be answerable to the public, it is our tax money that pays them to sleep on the job anyway...

  • Thembinkosi Ntlanganiso - 2012-11-17 13:23

    Just pay the rent

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-17 14:42

    Clowns trying run a municipality who cannot pay simple accounts on time

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-11-17 14:54

    nice one...kick them out they are usesless anyway

  • Diran - 2012-11-17 15:05

    LOL

  • edwin.morena.3 - 2012-11-17 15:13

    Excellente!!!! Kick them out nd hire a reliable private security cmpny. Useless morons.

  • jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-11-17 15:35

    compromised! they don't need an office. they should be patrolling, working those fat asses and guts into some semblance of physical shape. kick them out!

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-11-17 16:42

    Metro cops are the compromise!

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-17 16:45

    ANC when you took over from the white man things was not like this, you are messing up as always. You are incompetent!

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-17 17:56

    Good. These bastards don't need an office they net to get out be seen and do some proper policing. Not sitting on there fat @sses

  • fpstevens - 2012-11-17 18:35

    All toughs about competence aside, does anyone else think it's absurd that the Police need to pay rent to be present at the Airport.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-11-17 18:44

    ANC run state organisations and municipal organisations are completely useless at administration. Simple daily tasks cannot be met, whether this is scheduled maintenance or paying of accounts. Utterly and completely useless. The only thing they do well is put tenders out, then allocate them to their family, friends or comrades.

  • wredman2 - 2012-11-17 18:58

    Can't see what jmpd can do at OR Tambo - they can't bribe pilots nor hold roadblocks on the runways. They sure as f don't know anything about road laws so understanding flight rules is way beyond them! ORTambo is a far safer place without them!

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-17 19:33

    thats cos Zuma is too busy spending the police & national funds

  • jason.marshall.1804 - 2012-11-17 20:02

    Nice, put them on their place. Obviously the money was spent for something else...

  • givenvon.baloyi - 2012-11-17 20:34

    Stupid commentaries, those who frequent the airport would know the chaos caused by illegal parking in the drop off zones, hope ACSA has a plan in the meantime

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-11-17 20:46

    well OR Tambo get rid of people who are taking you for a ride and getting free rent and for a year they are lucky i don't work for the airport i would of kicked them out after 3 months.

  • dan8472 - 2012-11-17 22:49

    Outrageous! Cry the beloved country...

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-18 00:41

    Nomvula mokonyane you see the precedence you are setting?

  • patrick.hoppe.7543 - 2012-11-18 08:40

    Yes, and law enforcement includes paying your rent..

  • zs5zk - 2013-01-07 13:47

    That is why SAA is Bankrupt. The Metro cops don`t pay Rent.!!! LMAO.

  • mashavha - 2013-01-08 08:01

    we will finally enjoy our stay at the airport without our car wheels being clamped

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