Company made R63m from illegal trapping
A CAPE TOWN-based company that was illegally appointed by the Mpumalanga government to deal with speeding motorists has made a whopping R63-million from the inception of its contract in 2009 to October 2011.
The company, Traffic Management Technologies (TMT), made the money through the provision of unmanned cameras raking in R47.28-million in the final year of their contract alone.
In September last year George Baloyi, the Public Prosecutions' deputy director, said the appointment of TMT by the province had been illegal.
In a letter seen by Sowetan Baloyi said: "Only qualified and duly appointed local authority officials shall undertake the task of managing speed cameras, and the local authority shall not allow private sector individuals to undertake these functions."
He said in terms of the Road Traffic Act "cameras or any mobile traffic enforcement system must be operated by a qualified traffic officer".
According to the service agreement between the provincial government and TMT, the company would generate and issue fines to motorists exceeding speed limits through the deployment of unmanned cameras on Mpumalanga roads. The company would then be paid R48 (excluding VAT) for every "infringement notice captured-printed" (fine issued) and R12 for each fine paid.
Mpumalanga DA leader Anthony Benadie said assuming that few fines would be less than R100, TMT would have had to issue more than 750,000 fines in 2011 alone in order to generate the R47-million paid to them last year.
"This implies that only 26,000 fines were issued in the preceding two years of the agreement (2009 and 2010) since TMT was paid only R15.7-million in that period," Benadie said. "This scenario is highly unlikely. It would imply that in 2011 TMT issued more than 2,045 traffic fines a day and all fines were paid."