Nelson Mandela Bay Metro cops begin operations

MAY 23, 2016

The recently launched Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police officially began operations within the Metro, with a routine roadblock at Beach Road, opposite the Brookes Hill Complex on Friday.

"This came exactly one week after it’s official launch at City Hall, on 13 May 2016 with the Executive Mayor: Dr Danny Jordaan and top brass within the local law enforcement sector," the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality said in a statement.

"The Metro Police, in partnership with the NMBM Traffic Services, conducted a roadblock with the objective to ensure that all road users and vehicles are licensed.

"Officers also conducted roadworthy checks on vehicles and issued spot fines for noted offenses. The operation was carried out in a precise and controlled manner, which gained the support and cooperation of the road users. Officers were polite, courteous and professional to the public throughout the operation."

The municipality said that all outstanding fines were settled on the spot with a mobile payment station, which was setup at the roadblock.

"Senior Officials state that this operation was the beginning of many other operations which would be conducted throughout the Metro, with the intention of keeping the road users of Nelson Mandela Bay safe and to ensure traffic law enforcement."

The launch of the Metro cops witnessed some heated exchanges as disgruntled South African Municipality Workers Union (SAMWU) workers had a skirmish with law enforcement officers. The SAMWU members claimed that the Metro Police Force is there to take their jobs from them.