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Cop access to Chapman's Peak an issue

A row has erupted between police and transport officials over access to Chapman's Peak.

A general view of the Hout Bay harbour covered in mist from the Chapman’s peak road on the outskirts of Cape Town. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Hout Bay Police Station commander says he is frustrated by the red tape involved for officers to access Chapman's Peak Drive.

A row has erupted between police and Western Cape transport officials over the procedure involved in getting through the toll-gate leading to the popular tourist attraction.

Officers are apparently expected to present a voucher to pass through the toll plaza without paying but the red tape has led to growing frustration.

The issue came to light after a family was targeted by criminals on Chapman's Peak at the weekend.

When police tried to respond to the scene, it's alleged they were turned away at the toll-gate because they didn't have the R36 toll fee.

Lieutenant-Colonel Bongani Mtakati says, "This means each and every vehicle must have this receipt and each and every vehicle must have a police stamp. What kind of issues are we dealing with here?"

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Transport Department's Sanele Nyoka says rules are in place for emergencies.

"There is a procedure in place for them before they can go through. It takes less than two minutes for the exchange of vouchers. Unfortunately, if you don't put procedures in place, you're opening your system up to abuse."