'Not enough cops to man traffic during blackouts'

The JMPD says various officials are meeting to discuss the matter of deploying officers during load shedding.

The JMPD says various officials are meeting to discuss the matter of deploying officers during load shedding. Picture: Twitter @EWNTraffic.

JOHANNESBURG - Traffic officials are meeting to discuss plans to deploy officers to major intersections during load shedding, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has confirmed.

Metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane says there are just not enough officers to man all the intersections when planned outages hit.

"I'm not going to lie to the citizens of Johannesburg and say I have enough [officers] when I don't have enough. I'll never have enough officers."

Mamonyane says they are now trying to plan around load shedding schedules.

"Sometimes they'll say we're going to load shed but when they see that there's a little bit [of power] on the grid, then they won't load shed."

Despite several requests, the JMPD cannot say how many officers are on duty at any given time.

The JMPD is responsible for managing traffic at intersections when robots go out.

There just over 2,000 signaled intersection in Johannesburg and around the same number of JMPD officers.

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