Limpopo traffic department closed due to lack of water

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

Residents of Prakiseer in Limpopo have had to travel more than 60km to renew their licences or to do their driver’s licence tests, as apparently no services were rendered at the only local traffic station in the Greater Tubatse Municipality because of a lack of water and blocked toilets.

Learners and motorists who needed help with their driver’s licences were allegedly turned away and advised to travel to Lydenburg or to Lebowakgomo traffic stations for assistance. This has been the case since March, Capricorn Review reported.

Resident Peter Mkhondo said he went to the station to renew his licence on March 26 but was told the station was closed.

“This is an inconvenience, and I had to travel to Lydenburg for this. The municipality should have arranged for temporary offices for the staff,” he said.

According to an employee at the testing station, the Limpopo Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison closed the centre, as they felt the working conditions were not up to standard.

“The toilets are dirty, and some of us preferred not to use them at all. We often use the toilets at neighbouring offices,” the employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

A public notice found at the station stated that services pertaining to learner’s, driver’s and public driving licences had been suspended until further notice. Another notice stated the station had been closed due to “certain circumstances”.

Thabiso Mokoena, the spokesperson for the municipality, said the station was closed due to a lack of ablution facilities, electrical and technical problems as well as problems with the structure of the building.

“We are currently renovating the station. We will equip the station with its own borehole, and all the problems with the roofing will be solved,” he said.

Mokoena added the municipality would then await the department’s confirmation on whether the renovated buildings complied with their standards.

– Caxton News Service


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