Mpuma responds to protector

2013-11-21 13:03
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - The Mpumalanga community safety department on Thursday responded to a request from the public protector for information on allegedly unlawful fines issued between February and March last year.

The DA had accused the department of conducting speed camera law enforcement without the authorisation of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

"The DA considers all fines issued using this method from February and March last year to be invalid," Mpumalanga provincial leader Anthony Benadie said on Monday.

The DA lodged a complaint regarding the legality of these speed fines with the public protector in April 2012.

The department responded to the complaint on Thursday.

Mpumalanga spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said the department was only required to ask for authorisation from the NPA for the use of static or semi-static speed cameras.

During February and March last year they did not use these type of cameras, he said.

"The DA misled the public protector and the general public because it assumed that before the use of all speed cameras, authorisation should be sought from the NPA," Mabuza said.

The department asked that the DA withdraw its statement and wait for the public protector to finalise the matter. He said the DA's statement could encourage bad driving and speeding.

"Road safety is a matter of life and death, hence the department requests political parties to refrain from making statements that might have devastating consequences," Mabuza said.

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