The uMfolozi Municipality handed over certificate to five newly graduated traffic officers at the uMfolozi Municipal Hall on Friday 20 January 2017. The traffic officers will be an added advantage towards strengthening road safety within the Municipality of uMfolozi.
Mayor Cllr Smangaliso Mgenge said the uMfolozi Municipality recognised the shortage of traffic officers within the municipality which resulted in the roads of uMfolozi being unsafe. “The Municipality decided to recruit new traffic officers to be trained by the Department of Transport to bring order on the roads of uMfolozi, while also providing employment to the community members,” said Mayor Mgenge. Mayor Mgenge thanked the Department of Transport for training the Officers and is now hopeful that fewer accidents will occur in uMfolozi since well-trained officers will be added onto the roads.
The Provincial Department of Transport’s Chief Provincial Inspector Ms Sylvia Zulu who officially handed over the certificates, urged the new officers to hold their positions with dignity and not to easily fall into the trap of bribes. “You must respect yourself and your new position as a traffic officer so you will be a success to the municipality and keep our roads safe,” said Ms Zulu. The Chief Provincial Inspector further urged the traffic officers to legally enforce road rules and signs, as well as ensure a safe passage in traffic, while also ensuring that all road users including pedestrians use our roads in an orderly and safe manner which will ensure the safe and free flow of traffic to prevent road crashes and deaths on our roads.
Member of Parliament Ms Nocawu Mafu, Mayor Cllr Smangaliso Mgenge, Deputy Mayor Smangele Thabethe, Director of Corporate Service Ms Nonhlanhla Ndlela, Director of Community Services Ms Cynthia Ngema , Chief Provincial Inspector Ms Sylvia Zulu with the newly inducted Traffic Officers of the uMfolozi Municipality.