THE Korsten traffic department continues to fail motorists in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The complete lack of professional management in this department has resulted in staff shortages that directly undermine service delivery.
The unlawful implementation of grades and salary increases for law enforcement officers has crippled this department and affected other departments across the municipality who have had to make budget cuts to accommodate them.
Due to the recent strike in the traffic department there is now a two month licensing backlog.
This is a delay neither motorists nor the budget can afford.
There are motorists who rely on their licences to keep their jobs.
This failure to deliver services could have devastating effects on employment for many motorists while delays in revenue collection, such as this, threaten the budget and ultimately service delivery throughout the metro.
The queue outside the traffic department and the complete lack of security there has created a market for the illegal sale of bricks and chairs by car guards at anything from R50 to R100 each.
By standing in this queue motorists are being subjected to both the natural and criminal elements in order to get their licences, and this is completely unacceptable.
The municipality must ensure that proper security is provided immediately to keep our motorists safe.
I would suggest that motorists whose drivers' licences only expire in two months' time should rather renew closer to the time to avoid the long queues and associated problems.
The condition of the Korsten traffic department is a complete disgrace.
There appears to be no political or administrative will to restore order and efficiency to our traffic services.
I will continue to pressure those responsible to deliver the services Nelson Mandela Bay deserves.
Marshall von Buchenroder, councillor for Ward 10 and DA spokesperson for safety and security, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality