JMPD impounds over 500 vehicles
City will not be intimidated by lawless road users’ Mayor Mashaba
City of Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor, Cllr Herman Mashaba invited members of the media for a walkabout to see first-hand un-roadworthy, unlicensed and illegal vehicles which have been impounded by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) under Operation Buya Mthetho.
Present during the occassion was, Chief of JMPD, Mr David Tembe, MMC for Public Safety, Cllr Michael Sun and Chief Whip of Council, Dr Kevin Wax.
Cllr Mashaba said that, “the strike by taxi operators left hundreds of commuters stranded and we are aware of reports that a driver of a bakkie was intimidated for giving stranded commuters a lift in Killarney.”
“This kind of intimidation and reckless behaviour conducted by individuals who do not want to adhere to the rule of law, will not be tolerated. The City has not sought to specifically target any members of the taxi industry. Rather, the City is enforcing the rule of law for all road users in order to ensure the safety of all residents,” said Mashaba, as he clarified the City’s position on enforcing the rule of law on Johannesburg’s roads.
So far, 500 vehicles, including taxis, bakkies and illegal dumper trucks have been impounded by JMPD since the commencement of Operation Buya Mthetho in February 2018, due to them being un-roadworthy, unlicensed or illegal.
“It is also crucial to note that legal compliances by motorists and their vehicles in line with legislation such as the National Road Traffic Act are compulsory and enforcement are not selective, but applies across the board.
“There is a big number of taxi drivers who are not South African, with no legal papers to be in the City of Joburg and transporting our people.
“They are involved in accidents and leave the taxis and run. We need the support of Home Affairs to deal with the issue of undocumented people in our country. They put the lives of our residents at risk,” Mashaba explains. His comments come on the back of a walkabout with journalists at an impound lot. The mayor, along with City officials, gave journalists a look inside some of Joburg’s unroadworthy vehicles which have recently been taken off the roads.
The Alexandra Taxi Association, who had staged a one-day strike in protest of what they have labelled the unfair impounding of their vehicles, says JMPD officers often try to solicit bribes from taxi drivers.
Mashaba says he cannot deny this, as they inherited a corrupt system.
Cllr Mashaba takes members of the media on a tour to see the state of un-roadworthy vehicles
Inside a taxi used to transport children
JMPD says it will continue to impound un-roadworthy vehicles on City roads.