Men in blue frustrated by red tape

Cops were prevented from passing through Chapman’s Peak after they failed to produce toll vouchers.

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 - It is normal procedure for police officers to present a voucher before being granted access to Chapman's Peak Drive without charge, the Western Cape Transport Department said on Wednesday.

A row erupted between police and provincial transport officials over the red tape involved in getting through the toll plaza leading to the popular tourist attraction.

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

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

Hout Bay police station Commissioner Bongani Mtakati said he was recently turned away because his voucher wasn't stamped.

"I'm frustrated because I cannot do my job. I cannot serve the community, that's my problem. My police officers are prevented from doing their jobs."

The department's Sanele Nyoka says the process takes very little time.

"There's a process in place, they [staff] have to follow procedure. It's not a tedious process."