Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi is pushing for traffic service jobs to be declared essential in order for traffic officers to work 24/7 hour shifts.
During his department’s budget vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday, Maswanganyi explained that the move would help increase the visibility of traffic officers on South Africa's roads, to better monitor safety.
Maswanganyi's spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says that current legislation forces the department to pay over-time for 24 hour services.
Mnisi explains that if traffic officers were declared as essential services, they would have special requirements and conditions protecting their work.
On the current form, we have a skeleton staff that work because of financial constraints.— Ishmael Mnisi, Transport Minister's spokesperson
Mnisi maintains that there will be consultation with all stakeholders.
Take a listen to him elaborate on the need for more visibility on the roads:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Plans to switch traffic cops to essential services for 24/7 visibility