Frustrated motorists turned away from licensing departments

The Randburg station had been inundated by motorists wanting to renew ahead of the long weekend.

JMPD Spokesperson Wayne Minnaar directs traffic during an Easter road safety operation on 31 March 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize.

JOHANNESBURG - Many motorists were left frustrated after being turned away from several licensing departments around Johannesburg on Friday afternoon.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said the Randburg station had been inundated by motorists wanting to renew their licences ahead of the long weekend.

Customers were turned away from the centre from as early as 10am.

One driver said he took a day off work and left empty handed.

He told Eyewitness News , "We cannot operate at the discretion of a manger who decides it must be full at a certain time. There are operational hours and people must work according to the operational hours."

But JMPD's Wayne Minnaar said many motorists left the renewal of their licences to the last minute.

"You cannot leave renewing your driver's licence to the last minute. I know many drivers wanted their licences renewed ahead of the Easter weekend - that's the main reason they wanted to have them done."