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By Getrude Makhafola | Mar 25, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

WITH the World Cup tournament around the corner Rustenburg, one of the host cities, is grappling with unroadworthy traffic department vehicles.

Last week traffic officers in this North West town downed tools, refusing to patrol roads in unroadworthy cars. By yesterday they had not returned to work.

More than 20 vehicles were parked at the traffic department on Tuesday.

"We must practise what we preach. They expect us to use unroadworthy cars that endanger our lives," one traffic officer said.

The officer hinted that most ambulances were also in a bad condition.

A group of traffic officers had gathered at a nearby shopping centre, where they had been dropped off by a municipal bus.

Traffic managers, who would not identify themselves, declined to elaborate on the situation.

"What I can tell you is that no one has downed tools. These cars are parked here because they have to be checked, that is all," one manager said.

The managers referred Sowetan to the municipal spokesperson Butler Matlapeng, who said only five out of the 29 vehicles checked were found to be unroadworthy.

Matlapeng said the municipality had a meeting with the traffic officers in which they were told that the vehicles were used by them and it was therefore the officers' responsibility to ensure that the cars were in good condition.

But he said the municipality was looking into inviting tenders to supply new vehicles. He said it would be too expensive to repair the old cars .

Asked whether a tender process would not take too long, he said they would be able to "drive" the tendering process.


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