JPSA calls for traffic law changes

Justice Project South Africa says government officials should pay traffic fines like everyone else

A Johannesburg Metro Police officer writes a parking ticket outside the Johannesburg High Court. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Transport should amend its traffic fines laws so that politicians who break the law are penalised, Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) said on Saturday.

Current traffic fine laws exempt politicians who commit infringements when they are using their official cars from settling their accounts.

JPSA said some vehicles belonging to MECs in Gauteng have racked up more than 200 fines a year.

The organisation's Chairperson Howard Dembovsky said the law for paying fines should apply to everyone.

"We need government officials to start being held accountable rather than elevating them to these positions of being important people."

Earlier on Saturday, it was revealed that Gauteng Departments of Economic Development and Local Government and Housing owe the most amount of money in traffic fines.

The Saturday Star reported Economic Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu's department received traffic fines worth over R130,000.

Meanwhile, MEC for Local Housing Humphrey Mmemezi's department was issued with fines amounting to R6,750.

But according to the report, official vehicles are exempt from prosecution.

Dembovsky said issuing fines to politicians is a futile exercise.