New traffic unit launched

2011-03-29 20:07

Johannesburg - A new national traffic police unit has been established because the road network is poorly policed, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Tuesday.

"The situation at present is that our national road network is poorly policed because enforcement authorities are focusing on their network, occasionally venturing onto national roads," he said in a statement.

The ministry said 231 new traffic officers received special training over the past nine months and they would now make up the national traffic police intervention unit (NIU).

"This unit will intensify the policing of our national network. The NIU is a specialised intervention force that is now available for deployment to deal with any traffic situation in the country," said Ndebele.

"These men and women have also received training in advanced driving, interpersonal communications, anti-corruption, dealing with diplomatic personnel, first aid and incident management."

Joint operations

The NIU would from time to time be involved in joint operations with provincial traffic authorities, metro police, the SA Police Service, the Cross Border Road Transport Agency, military police and other agencies.

"We must expect to see this unit very soon at roadside checkpoints, multi-disciplinary roadblocks, high impact visibility patrols, unmarked patrols and alcohol test centres."

This was in line with South Africa's participation in the international 2011-2020 Decade of Action campaign to reduce road fatalities.

Ndebele said efforts were being made to upgrade road and vehicle safety standards, improve emergency trauma care, promote road safety education, and enhance road safety management.

The ministry expected every province in South Africa to reduce road deaths by 50% by 2014.

"We will also announce details on the provision of a more secure, tamper-proof licence card as part of the Decade of Action, and unveil details on the roll-out of the driver licence campaign for young people of 18 years of age," he said in a statement.

Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million people die on the roads and 50 million sustain injuries every year.

In South Africa, 14 000 people die in road crashes annually.

  • TshepoTheGeneral - 2011-03-29 20:16

    Well done... this is positive news. Government is serious on job creation here as well as keeping our roads safe.... Good Stuff sexy classy goregous ANC good Stuff.... my vision your future!

      spikytiger2001 - 2011-03-29 20:22

      So good... that we had to wait more than a decade for it. And, lets not forget, they still have to prove their worth...

      Louis - 2011-03-29 20:26

      hey this is not job creation. This is just to put more people on the roads who sit an dsleep in their cars nexxt to the Highways. a few months ago the traffic police were replaced on the highways by the SAPS. What is this new thing. You do not know what job creation is. Do you work oer have you bought this "General Story"?? On teh East Rand (Ekhuruleni) they are the top of Job Creators in the world. The employed waste removers are sitting at home or dancing, toy, hip hop, shaky shaky, but doing F----all and get paid by the taxpayers. But hooo, this is the precise moment to create jobs and they pay private contractors to remove the rubbish. Wheer is your well done coming from or do you have some teams collecting rubbish

      Kaapie - 2011-03-29 20:45

      WTF you can have all the units and police you like but you have to have the RIGHT MANAAGEMENT IN pLACE, failing which it fails

      POLLENYS - 2011-03-29 21:14

      Sorry, have to agree with Louis here. Just more imcompetents without work ethic and trustworthynes, sleeping under the trees and accepting bribes.

      Macho Mike - 2011-03-29 21:20

      TshepoTheGenorol,the only crack you will whip my boy is that between you cheeks in front of your brain, which you sit on all the time.

      exocist - 2011-03-29 21:46

      i see you have promoted yourself you ZOMBIE congradulations but you forgot to add disaster at the end of your rank

      Rolie - 2011-03-29 21:53

      You look about as dof as your picture - thefore you should not have any problems getting a job with the African National Cretins.

      GBES - 2011-03-30 10:36

      I agree Tshepo. A good initiative by you chaps.Lets see which leader is going to corrupt it.

  • jaaq13 - 2011-03-29 20:19

    The whole country is 'poorly policed'

  • PMG - 2011-03-29 20:24

    More fat KFC customers to bribe.What was the selection criteria - must be fat as a house and very open to a good bribe,and ofcourse an ANC member,come to think of it Julias would make an excellent JMPD officer as he foots all the necessary requirements.

      MuGarbage - 2011-03-30 00:31

      I don't think he's intelligent enough!

  • J Bones - 2011-03-29 20:36

    Because of our extensive national road network the ratio of traffic officer per km will be something like 1 cop per 10 000 km, not much effect they will have. In any event taxi related accidents seem to cause the most death/injuries judging by news reports as there are no known other stats to go by. These accidents are mostly in city limits so it wont be addressed by this new policing unit. Perhaps a better strategy would have been a unit with primary focus on the taxi industry.

  • shew - 2011-03-29 20:41

    Throwing taxpayers money away creating jobs to cover other people not doing THEIR jobs, NICE!!!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-29 20:44

    How does dealing with diplomatic personnel differ from dealing with people?

      Gail - 2011-03-30 09:14

      Maybe they arn't people! :-))

  • Fazil - 2011-03-29 20:50

    This is what is meant by DECENT JOBS!

  • Coffeeor Me - 2011-03-29 20:53

    How spectacular of our wonderful government, JOB CREATION!!! It will be interesting to see the coulor breakdown of this elite unit???. I can just imagine who will be benefiting from this new intervention.I puuting my bet on Bheke Cele's family member being the head of this. Betting is open.

  • Watblyoor - 2011-03-29 20:54

    Until they stop the usage of cellphone during work-hours, this will not help. Every time I drive past a patrolcar parked next to the raod, the officers are too busy using their cellphones to do their job.

  • Sue - 2011-03-29 20:54

    great now can they fix the roads that are in such rot, these too cause unnecessary accident.....

  • gary.smith.rsa - 2011-03-29 21:00

    fuck, here we go again. another useless government department siphoning off our tax money to do what? create wealth for the country? create jobs to uplift the poor? improve the country's infrastructure? clean the countryside and cities to attract tourism? no! just another bunch of fat slobs to illicit bribes and blackmail those of us who actually try to CREATE wealth for this country. election time. create easy useless jobs!

  • Samoesa - 2011-03-29 21:02

    More cops to sleep inside their cars alongside the highways :P

  • Wildebeest - 2011-03-29 21:13

    Excellent here's hoping they start to nail the taxis

  • - 2011-03-29 21:15

    This is just another answer of the ANC to try and bully down the Gauteng tolls down our throats and asses. Don't expect them to stand up against the Winnie's of this country !!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-29 21:17

    Eish, i can't belief. Another LEBACU being established by the African National Circus. Hau, so da existing traffic cops, she is no good and to be replaced by a new unit? And to da buziness end, where the money she does come from to pay for da unit? Aaahhh, eish, from LEBACU....LEgalized Bribery And Corruption Unit. Eish, da ANC is to clever for money.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-03-29 21:18

    You can create even more "jobs" if you appoint guards to police them, and police to guard THEM, and so on. Bet you they won't have the guts to pull off their brothers in the taxis, transgressing every law in the book.

  • SaintBruce - 2011-03-29 21:22

    Ok so JHB has JMPD and Tshwane has their TMPD and Ekurhuleni has EMPD then the Community Development Agency decided they needed their own traffic police so the Gauteng Traffic Police was formed. Surely enough agencies and cars to Police Gauteng yet it is still a mess on our roads and , Oh , where DO they all go when it rains? Now another bunch of officers in more cars on a National Basis! Who has jurisdiction and where. While an effective Highway Patrol system works worldwide we still base our enforcement on fines! A Police presence is required and just look at the World Cup event with Traffic cars at every bridge, flyover and offramp! Wonder what the road stats looked like for that month? I support the effort but ALL traffic enforcement must move away from a fines base to a public service base with greater visibility everywhere. That's my 2 cents worth.

  • Cedric - 2011-03-29 21:45


  • Justin - 2011-03-29 22:09

    What a load of hogwash. Our National Roads aren't the problem. They're in excellent condition, and well monitored by the RTI units, cameras and now average speed enforcement. The problem (In KZN anyway), is on the Provincial road network, which is falling to pieces, and never ever monitored, by anyone, ever! Only when one drives through a small town does one see municipal traffic police, whom are poorly trained, and are only trying to make a buck for that beleagued town. I say that our National Ministers need to stop trying to get brownie points from International tourists by only ever concentrating their efforts on big cities, and the main freeways, and rather taking consideration of the thousands of kilometeres of mismanaged provincial and district roads.

  • Realist - 2011-03-29 22:48

    until speeding demon aka weenee mandela squares off with them...

  • Wired - 2011-03-29 22:48

    i only have 1 question... what is the current traffic police supposed to do now? I thought all of these amazing duties that the new bunch have been taught were the normal activities of the traffic police anyway..

  • Slypsteen - 2011-03-30 06:12

    Ah more "bribe entrepreneurs" great wealth creation project now all we need to do is appoint all our relatives into these positions for our "cut".

  • Marcell - 2011-03-30 07:11

    Which Shaik/Gupta is going to do the 'tamper-proof' licence cards?

  • Dilly - 2011-03-30 07:40

    The ministry expected every province in South Africa to reduce road deaths by 50% by 2014. Mr Ndebele, are you F*&CKing insane. You need to find ways of reducing the road deaths by 100% as soon as is possible, not before 2014, and YES, people have to change their attitudes as well, it is not just about the law and by-laws. If these laws are not adhered to then you might as well not have any laws at all. But to reduce the death toll on our roads, to a certain percentage within a period of time just boggles the mind. How can you even think of such a thing. As you and your department have already identified the problem you know that the problem has to brought to a STOP IMMEDIATELY. Mr Ndebele, is your brains above your waist-line?

      Limpopoist - 2011-03-30 08:57

      These man failed already,check road accident KZN is always high on weekly fatality BUT he was formewr MEC of transport there.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-30 08:02

    This has very little to do with road safety. What is being done regarding driver training for licensing, driver fatigue monitoring and prevention, tyre inflation pressure monitoring (burst tyres) and road surface maintenance. If they want to reduce road deaths by 50% by 2014, there will have to be some technological interventions. My guess is that they will merely focus on income generators such as speed.

  • Joy - 2011-03-30 09:02

    Good news ! I hope they will do something about all these thousands of taxis which stop anywhere anytime and hinder traffic.

  • disturbedmikey - 2011-06-15 09:45

    whats the catch jhb metro could lose a billion yet money can be spent on other cops talk about double standards.. more money wasted

  • EPHRAIMINHO - 2011-06-15 09:54

    finally there is a system bein put in place...2 reduce under age drivin and de mother of them all....drinkin and drivin which is a angel of death!

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