JMPD im­pounds over 500 ve­hi­cles

City will not be in­tim­i­dated by law­less road users’ Mayor Mashaba

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Reporter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

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.

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