Although various Johannesburg licensing stations have shut down due to staff strikes, motorists whose licences have expired need to find alternative facilities as they will still be fined at roadblocks this festive season. The strike, led by the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), began last Monday after the Johannesburg Traffic Department advertised entry-level posts at salaries higher than those received by experienced workers.
The strike has affected services at several major licensing departments, namely Midrand, Randburg, Roodepoort, Sandton, Langlaagte and Martindale. Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar advised the public to use other licensing stations while the department tried to resolve the labour issues with the staff. Samwu’s legal officer Jack Mokalapa said regardless of the consequences of the shutdown, “the strike will continue until management meet the demands of workers”.
Licensing station staff were also demanding new positions be advertised internally first. Minnaar said drivers were responsible for making arrangements to get to alternative stations and they would still be fined if the police found them driving with expired documents. “Motorists whose vehicle licence have expired can use their 21 days grace period and those whose driver’s licences have expired can go to other stations anywhere in the Republic of South Africa,” he said. However, the department would make provisions for people who had made appointments for learners or driving tests.
“Those who are affected, for the learner’s licence or driving test, will be accommodated at a later date at no extra cost. If they have made bookings, they must go back to those testing stations when the strike is over so they can be given dates.” – email@example.com