Motorists in the City of Joburg will certainly have a better driving experience following the graduation today of new 171 traffic wardens who are attached to the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD).
The wardens, who will soon be joined by 1 500 JMPD recruits, are former Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) employees who were previously trained to control traffic flow.
Welcoming the graduates at the newly established JMPD Satellite Veritas Academy in Meadowlands, Soweto, Executive Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba urged them to help restore law and order in the City.
The City refurbished the satellite academy for R13 million.
“This is not merely a job but a calling to serve, which will prove along the way to be a thankless one. When you caution an errant motorist or issue a stiff fine to another, you’re likely to be reprimanded as though you are the offending party,” said Mayor Mashaba.
Following discussions with the Gauteng Provincial Government, the new wardens will have additional powers, which include:
• When in uniform, require a driver of any vehicle to stop;
• Regulate and control traffic upon any public road and give such directions as may be necessary;
• Require any person to give their name, address, and other particulars or any process which are required for identification purposes if the traffic warden suspects the person of having committed an offence; and
• In respect of any motor vehicle, demand the owner, operator or driver to produce any documents as may be prescribed in terms of the National Road Traffic Act of 1996.
JMPD currently has an intake of 1 500 recruits. Of these recruits, 835 are completing their training at the JMPD Satellite Veritas Academy. The Veritas school was identified as a feasible option not only to assist with the training of a portion of the large intake of trainee officers but also for future use by the JMPD to focus on functional, specialised and advanced training for its existing members.
The academy had received permission from the Road Traffic Management Corporation, following a compliance audit, to start with the Basic Training of 835 of the recruits. The rest of the recruits will continue with their basic training at the JMPD Academy in Booysens.