Gauteng MEC must explain e-tag intimidation on N12

Ashor Sarupen MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Springs/Daveyton

Gauteng community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane must explain why provincial traffic officials and SANRAL officials are demanding motorists produce e-tags at roadblocks on the province’s highways.

During the past few hours I received a number of complaints from residents in my constituency who were asked to show their e-tags at a roadblock on the N12 East at the Atlas Road off-ramp.

The roadblock is manned by Gauteng Traffic police and SANRAL vehicles, and motorists were reportedly questioned as to why they did not have e-tags.

Reports on social media indicate a similar roadblock earlier today on the N1 South at the Allandale off-ramp in Midrand.

On 22 July, my colleague, Michele Clarke asked MEC Nkosi-Malobane to explain the presence of SANRAL officials at roadblocks, and she responded that neither the agency nor its officials have any mandate at roadblocks, and that they play only a supportive role by providing advanced technology.

The MEC further added that only Gauteng Traffic Police could stop vehicles and conduct general law enforcement, and denied any intimidation by SANRAL or Gauteng Traffic Police to force motorists to buy e-tags.

One does not commit an offence when not in possession of an e-tag, and MEC Nkosi-Malobane must explain why traffic officials are carrying out such tactics in conjunction with SANRAL officials – when they have no mandate to do so.

The DA will write to the MEC requesting an investigation into the conduct of Gauteng traffic officials at these roadblocks, and we will follow up the matter with the department in committee when Provincial Legislature reopens later this month.