The City of Johannesburg, this past week, welcomed 171 new traffic wardens to the Johannesburg Metro Police Department.
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The Traffic Wardens are former Extended Public Works Program (EPWP) employees who were previously trained to perform traffic pointsmen duties.
The Department of Public Safety identified the need to capacitate traffic wardens with additional powers in order to allow them to perform at optimum level.
The Traffic Wardens are appointed under the above National Road Traffic Act of 1996, the Businesses Act 71 of 1996, and the Criminal Procedure Act 51 0f 1977 with all powers conferred upon a peace officer in terms of Criminal Procedure . They are also appointed under the Administration Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act of 1998.
This means they are equipped to enforce bylaws, or issue infringements notices if necessary, and they can also be on point duty. These Traffic Wardens will also, in the future, be able to render their services to the private sector as well.
Meanwhile, these 170 Traffic Wardens will also soon be joined by 1 500 JMPD recruits. Of these recruits, 835 are currently completing their training at the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Satellite Veritas Academy in Meadowlands, which was also officially launched last week.