After continued calls by the DA for Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, to address problems experienced by the public at licencing centres across the province, it would appear the MEC has finally taken note.
A week ago, the DA alerted MEC Vadi to the fact that many centres were not operating at full capacity, resulting in motorists having been turned away from renewing their licenses and other compliance issues.
This morning, the MEC was seen conducting an oversight visit at the Centurion licensing department.
At this particular centre, motorists have reportedly been turned away on three consecutive days due to staff inefficiency and bad management in what can only be regarded as contempt for the public.
While the reaction of the Gauteng Provincial Government is to be applauded, we shall have to see whether the employees concerned are now sufficiently aware of the seriousness of the situation and put matters right.
Innovative ways of relieving pressure on licencing centres and reduce time spent at these centres should be tested, such as visits to schools to prepare learners’ licences – as done by Home Affairs in the case of identity documents.
The DA hopes that officials working at these centres will now understand the importance of the work they do and realise the seriousness of the situation.
Justus de Goede MPL
DA Gauteng spokesperson on transport
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