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'Broken Nelson Mandela Bay traffic department endangering lives' says DA

Dec 3, 2018
'Broken Nelson Mandela Bay traffic department endangering lives' says DA

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s 'broken' traffic department poses a  great challenge to the safety of the residents of the City, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says.
"Under the leadership of Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani and his ANC-led coalition of corruption the traffic department has gone downhill and suffering regularly under the growing influence of the South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU)," said Gustav Rautenbach (Cllr), DA Nelson Mandela Bay Spokesperson on Safety and Security.

"I have therefore written to Cllr Litho Suka, MMC for Safety and Security, requesting him to intervene and call an urgent special Safety and Security Committee Meeting by no later than 11 December 2018.

"Some of the concerns residents raised, were recently reported on in the local media."
Rautenbach said that some of the following concerns have been raised:

  • The readiness of the Traffic Department to play an active and successful role during the summer festival season;
  • To enforce Traffic Law Enforcement in general on our roads;
  • Visibility of Traffic Officers in the Metro; and
  • Residents of the Metro have lost confidence in the effectiveness of our Traffic Department

"It is of paramount importance that the Director for Traffic and Licensing Services must explain to the Safety and Security Standing Committee his intervention plan to address all concerns," he added.
"During the two years the DA-led coalition governed the Metro, great strides were made to ensure the safety and security of residents.
"Statistics showed a greater clamp down on traffic offenders, a taxi and motorcycle unit was activated and licensing centres capacitated."
Rautenbach said: "The current ANC-led coalition of corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay cares nothing for the safety and security of its and the DA will hold them to account regarding this."

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