JMPD barred from using cameras


JOHANNESBURG – Johannesburg Metro Police have been barred from using speed cameras on some of the busiest roads in the city until further notice.

The banning comes after the law enforcement wing and its counterparts in Mogale City (Krugersdorp) and Ekurhuleni missed the deadline for submitting applications to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for renewal of permission to install speed cameras.

Wayne Minnaar, spokesman for Johannesburg Metro Police, said speed camera operations in most parts of the city had been switched off because they were not authorised by the NPA.

“We submitted our application in time, but it appears there were administrative glitches that have delayed the granting of permission forcing us to defer camera operations. Permission has been granted only for the Roodepoort area.”

Minnaar warned this did not mean motorists were at liberty to drive at high speed and turn roads into racing tracks. “Metro officers will still keep an eye on speed transgressors with the help of manual laser beams that can detect over-speeding vehicles in the same way as the camera does.”

The banning was further confirmed by Charin de Beer, Director of Public Prosecutions, who said that the deployment of cameras by traffic authorities to record alleged speed violations and only notifying offenders of the fact after some time, impacts adversely on the rights of such alleged transgressors. – CNS.