City of CT to recruit 60 new traffic officers

The municipality currently has more than 500 operational traffic officers.

FILE: The city's Mayoral Committee has already approved a budget allocation for the employment of officials pending an approval by the council later. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town will recruit 60 new traffic officers in the next financial year as it looks to move towards a 24-hour operational service.

Its Mayoral Committee has already approved a budget allocation for the employment of officials pending an approval by the council later.

The municipality currently has more than 500 operational traffic officers while other officials are deployed to testing centres.

The city's JP Smith says this will be a welcome addition.

"It follows on the 30 [officers] we got the last time. So we got 30 and we are getting another 60. We also have about 30 staff who are coming on board as part of the move to the 24-hour service so that we can increase night time presence as well."

Meanwhile, the city was confident rooting out allegedly corrupt traffic licencing administrators would go a long way to stabilise the taxi industry.

Four officials were arrested last month following a forensic investigation into a suspected licencing scam dating back to 2013.

The four are believed to have solicited bribes amounting to at least R100,000 from taxi operators and others in exchange for fraudulently obtained licences.

The city said more officials would be arrested in connection with the matter.

Collectively, the group will face 118 charges of fraud, corruption and defeating the ends of justice.