22 January 2013
The IFP is appalled to learn that The Road
Traffic Management Corporation
(RTMC) hired 40 cars from Avis at a rate of
R235,00 per day, per vehicle, for The National Intervention Unit
officers to utilize in performance of their duties.
IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu,
MP said, "It is shocking that the RTMC has given traffic
officers cars that are unmarked, have no sirens, no number plate
recognition devices and no communication radios for them to use
on the roads in the performance of their mandates.
Ndlovu continued, "It is illegal to use a
private car to stop cars on the roads. It is also illegal for
The Road Traffic Management Corporation to hire cars for use for
government purposes without a sign that the vehicle belongs to
government. It is absurd to learn that the Department of Police
allowed such a thing to happen. The Road Traffic Management
Corporation is supposed to buy new cars. They have a budget for
this purpose. This practice puts drivers' lives in danger as it
opens gaps for hijackers to use hired cars and pose as traffic
officers in order to perform any form of crime on our roads."
The IFP calls on The Road Traffic Management
Corporation and the Department of Police to immediately stop the
use of unmarked private cars by traffic officers on the roads
and this practice must be investigated immediately.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr
Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Ms. Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252