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City law enforcement officers deployed to address traffic violations at Bayside Mall <p>​The six law enforcement officers are employed on a temporary basis as part of the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). </p><p>‘I am delighted to announce that the officers reported for duty on Tuesday 6 December 2016 and will be based at the Bayside Mall seven days a week from 06:00 until 20:30. They will be enforcing City by-laws by issuing notices, meaning they have the same powers, authority, and responsibilities as those who are permanently employed by the City’s law enforcement units. As such, they will be able to issue fines and notices, and to make arrests,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/bay%20side%20mall.jpg" style="width:431px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The officers’ temporary contracts with the City will expire on 30 June 2017.</p><p>‘This is a pilot project so it is the first time that Transport for Cape Town is employing law enforcement officers through the EPWP. We will continually monitor the success of the programme during these seven months with the intention of making it a permanent arrangement should the situation warrant it,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The officers will be supported and supervised by the law enforcement units operating in the northern area of the city.</p><p>‘The officers will be issuing notices to any road user who violates a by-law, but they will be focusing on public transport service providers in particular. My office has been inundated with complaints these past months about the violation of traffic rules by public transport service providers in and around the Bayside Mall in Table View.</p><p>‘I have received numerous emails detailing the violations, and photographs of minibus-taxis illegally parked on red lines, blocking intersections, skipping red traffic lights and stopping in mid-traffic to pick up passengers. Not only are these drivers putting other road users’ lives in danger, they are also disrespecting the safety of their passengers who rely on their services to reach their destinations safely. We cannot allow this situation to continue,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The six law enforcement officers are between the ages of 21 and 44 and they have been selected from the Safety and Security Directorate’s Law Enforcement volunteer database. Two of them are women. </p><p>‘The City does not have the resources to permanently deploy law enforcement officers at the Bayside Mall 24/7. The continual traffic violations by some of public transport service providers, however, have prompted me to urge TCT’s Transport Enforcement Unit to devise a special intervention to address this situation. I am delighted that they found a solution in the form of the EPWP and I am confident that this pilot project will go a long way in policing those who have no regard for the law,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The officers have undergone an assessment and interview process and were trained at the Metro Police Training Academy where they passed their exams. They received training about the roles and responsibilities of peace officers and traffic wardens, and how to implement and enforce by-laws, among others.</p><p>‘They are fitted in the same blue uniform that all permanently employed law enforcement officers wear and carry two-way radios. We will soon issue them with name tags as well,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The pilot project amounts to the value of approximately R512 000 and is jointly funded by TCT, the Safety and Security Directorate, and the Bayside Mall.</p><p>‘I want to thank the management of the Bayside Mall for their contribution and willingness to work with us in finding a solution. The success of this project will be measured in the reduction of traffic violations and other by-law violations. I am confident that we will reap the fruits of this intervention soon. I want to request all road users and local residents to support these officers in any way they can to make this pilot a success,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p></span>2016-12-07T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#7fcbcd03-b1a6-424b-9fff-589bdd16cb13;L0|#07fcbcd03-b1a6-424b-9fff-589bdd16cb13|Bayside Mall;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#6dab4711-dfd7-42c6-853f-bcb7a6227420;L0|#06dab4711-dfd7-42c6-853f-bcb7a6227420|law enforcement and security;GP0|#8116a21d-447e-4cb0-b50d-1fbd04f4b2f0;L0|#08116a21d-447e-4cb0-b50d-1fbd04f4b2f0|EPWP1

 

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