Traffic light scammers - drivers warned

2012-08-24 22:07

Durban - Durban motorists were urged on Friday not to tip "unofficial traffic controllers" at intersections where there were defective robots.

"It has come to the municipality's attention that some people deliberately tamper with traffic lights and use the direction of traffic as a business opportunity," eThekwini municipal spokesman Thabo Mofokeng said.

Last week, eThekwini metro police responded to a complaint about someone tampering with a traffic light.

"When the police approached, the culprit ran into the nearby informal settlement. Upon closer inspection, it was discovered that the robot box had been opened."

People tampering with robots and then directing traffic in a bid to get tips was an "increasing occurrence". He said it was a criminal offence to tamper with traffic lights.

  • brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-24 22:14

    Only in South Africa.....

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-25 02:58

      Well maybe with a 50% unemployment rate amoungst young people, this sort of thing should come as no surprise. But now government does not want the youth employment subsidy.

      warren.slater.353 - 2012-08-25 08:31

      The police and municipality actually created this problem. Firstly if the municipality shouldn't have allowed so many traffic lights to remain faulty for weeks\months on end. Secondly the police should have actually been directing intersections with faulty lights. Instead they did nothing, let chaos ensue and actually created these "informal jobs" where motorists were grateful for anyone to direct the traffic. Now lights are being vandalised to create more "work".

  • Ditantane - 2012-08-24 22:25

    South Africans are innovative business people.

      alf.pop - 2012-08-25 09:18

      Just another way of trying to make money without doing work, like so-called car guards, security guards, drug pushers, politicians etc.!

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-24 23:13

    Innovative job creation.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-08-24 23:23

    it happens at least 3 times a week on the M7 where i live in Durban

  • Khathutshelo Elvis Molaudzi - 2012-08-24 23:44

    These people must be jailed all of them that are found doing such things.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-25 03:01

      And our country's leadership should be voted out for their epic fail in job creation.We have a pathetic economic growth figure of just over 3% which is well below the other BRICS countries

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-08-25 07:32

      Ag don't waste my tax money. Just cap one or two and the rest won't do it anymore.

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-25 06:12

    Edwin Swales and Balair frequent Traffic light always out these guys have been doing it for years now Metro just drive by and do nothing

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-08-25 06:44

      And they are jolly good at it, too. Worth my R2 tip!

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-08-25 07:09

      No, they actually sit in their cars at the intersection and watch them do it, such a joke.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-25 08:03

      And then demand there cut or get arrested

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-08-25 07:32

    people are getting more desperate by the day,the revolution is upon us it not if but when it will happen and i suspect there are a lot of people that actively working towards that in the ruling party ,so people get your popcorn ready reserve your seats and let the games begin.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-08-25 08:51

      oh please. You've been reading too many newspaper articles

  • logan.naidoo - 2012-08-25 07:43

    These guys have chosen the right province. Durban drivers have no clue what 2 do when the robots aren't working. It's free for all - they either just drive through or wait forever.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-08-25 08:14

    don,t pass the bucket to the road users...arrest these "private" traffic cops as soon as they make their appearance on the roads!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-25 08:27

    Typical African con. They will seize any means to make money unlawfully. They cannot create, only destruct!

  • - 2012-08-25 08:28

    We may not like it but we must give these criminals some credit for originality. Now who would have thought this bright idea out?

  • tobie.spuy - 2012-08-25 08:46

    Very innovative!!!

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-25 09:00

    Well...the real traffic cops are in the office having doughnuts....or trapping "soft target" drivers

  • tdshezi - 2012-08-25 09:14

    Ingenious! But cannot condone the damage of public property. It goes to show that when people are shoved to the fringes of society and ignored (like these informal settlement dwellers) they will resort to these desparate measures. Don't just say, it's not our problem, it is and it affects all of us, eventually!

  • deepchund.ramchurren - 2012-08-25 18:37

    What are the CCTV surveillance camera operators doing at their desk. The thugs can be caught in the act if staff sitting in airconditioned control rooms do their work.

  • ricus.nieuwoudt.9 - 2012-08-25 19:18

    Typical of their culture!

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