RTMC now in driver’s seat

‘No chaos’ and all sys­tems go as Tasima va­cates Midrand of­fices and hands over all as­sets to cor­po­ra­tion

The New Age (Gauteng) - - BUSINESS - SELLO RABOTHATA sel­lor@the­newage.co.za

THE Road Trans­port Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (RTMC) is now of­fi­cially in charge of the eNaTis sys­tem.

This af­ter the De­part­ment of Trans­port (DoT) took le­gal coun­sel to com­pel Tasima to com­ply with a Con­sti­tu­tional Court de­ci­sion handed down against it on Novem­ber 9.

Judge Tuchten or­dered the com­pany to va­cate the eNaTis’ Midrand of­fices im­me­di­ately and hand over all as­sets to the RTMC. The case had been run­ning since 2015.

Simon Zwane, spokesper­son for the RTMC, yes­ter­day told The New Age that the cor­po­ra­tion is now in charge of the eNaTis sys­tem and the premises that were pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Tasima.

“The sher­iff moved in on April 5 and evicted Tasima as per the court or­der. The Gaut­eng North High Court on April 3 or­dered Tasima to han­dover the eNaTis sys­tem im­me­di­ately and in­structed the sher­iff to evict them if they failed to do so.

“On Wed­nes­day af­ter the court re­jected Tasima’s ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal, the sher­iff moved in and the RTMC has been in charge of the sys­tem for two weeks now.”

He said the sys­tem was func­tion­ing well. “It has not col­lapsed and there is no chaos,” Zwane said.

At­tempts to reach Tasima since Mon­day have been un­suc­cess­ful. The tele­phone is not an­swered and emails sent to spokesper­son Trevor James elicit no re­sponse.

James had ear­lier said Tasima had pe­ti­tioned the Supreme Court of Ap­peal for leave to ap­peal fol­low­ing the high Court’s re­fusal.

He said the ap­peal was trans­mit­ted to the RTMC and the De­part­ment of Trans­port on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and was lodged in the af­ter­noon with the regis­trar of the SCA.

“This means that the op­er­a­tion and ef­fect of the or­der is still sus­pended pend­ing the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the ap­peal. Not­with­stand­ing this the RTMC un­law­fully stormed and seized con­trol of Tasima’s premises where the eNaTis sys­tem is op­er­ated from. This is an un­law­ful and con­struc­tive con­tempt by the RTMC and its of­fi­cials who were also found to be in con­tempt by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court in Novem­ber and on many other oc­ca­sions by the high court.”

He said at the time that Tasima was “con­sid­er­ing its op­tions”.

The De­part­ment of Trans­port had taken le­gal coun­sel through the nowaxed min­is­ter, Dipuo Pe­ters.

She had based her ac­tion on a Con­sti­tu­tional Court find­ing that the ex­ten­sion to the con­tract to Tasima was granted in con­tra­ven­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion, the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act and Trea­sury reg­u­la­tions.

The court granted the Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (RTMC) leave to ter­mi­nate the il­le­gal and ir­reg­u­lar ex­ten­sion of the con­tract and Tasima was or­dered to han­dover the run­ning of the eNaTis and as­so­ci­ated ser­vices to the RTMC within 30 days of the court de­ci­sion.

The court de­ci­sion also granted the De­part­ment of Trans­port leave to ap­proach the court should Tasima com­mit any act in­tended to de­lib­er­ately de­lay or frus­trate the trans­fer process.

The RTMC ar­gued that it has since May 3, 2015 been ready to ad­min­is­ter eNatis. Its state of readi­ness has un­rea­son­ably been de­layed and de­nied by Tasima em­ploy­ing tac­tics in­formed by their Tasima’s to syphon money from the state, RTMc said.

The cor­po­ra­tion said the court de­ci­sion was a re­con­fir­ma­tion and a vindication that the de­part­ment and the RTMC are com­pe­tent enough and ready to ex­e­cute their man­date with­out the in­volve­ment of third par­ties.

In a sim­i­lar cir­cum­stance that in­volved the pro­duc­tion of driv­ing li­cence cards, the de­part­ment is pro­duc­ing and man­ag­ing the driv­ing li­cence sys­tem in-house with­out the in­volve­ment of a third party and the work has been dili­gently man­aged.

PIC­TURE: HER­BERT MATIMBA

IN CHARGE: The Road Trans­port Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion has now taken full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the eNatis sys­tem.

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