Month: August 2016

AARTO Amendment Bill – Call for public submissions

JOHANNESBURG – Justice Project South Africa has recently become aware of the fact that the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport is calling for submissions from members of the public and other interested stakeholders regarding the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill, 2015 which was originally published for public comment on 20 February 2013 and subsequently on 28 June 2013.

The closing date for submissions thereon was 28 July 2013 and since then, no further calls for public comment have been published in any government gazette. Continue reading

Of heads and tails – Department of Transport causes confusion over draft number plates amendments

JOHANNESBURG – Since stories of the introduction of a new number plate format applicable to the entire country first started doing the rounds last week, Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has consistently maintained that the proposed amendments contained in Government Gazette 38430 of 28 January 2015have not been promulgated yet and therefore, people should avoid “getting their nickers in a knot” about them.

However, JPSA was alarmed to see the comments of the official Transport Department spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi in an IOL report stating that: “the document that has been doing the rounds is not authentic and neither has the department made a determination to the effect reflected therein.” He also allegedly said “We condemn the fabricated document with the contempt it deserves and urge all South Africans to ignore it while we investigate its source”. Continue reading

Please don’t take instructions from “car guards” on public roads JPSA urges

JOHANNESBURG – Following an impassioned plea for assistance from young family whose motor car was towed and impounded by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department on National Woman’s Day after they were directed to illegally park their car, Justice Project South Africa feels that it is necessary to again warn motorists that they should avoid taking instructions from “car guards” on public roads.

On Tuesday 9 July 2016, two young parents who had been given tickets to attend the “Emmarentia Live” event in Johannesburg parked their car in a side road, upon the instruction of a car guard wearing a reflective vest who then demanded and was paid a R50.00 “parking fee”. They then proceeded to walk the rest of the way to the event, with their one year old infant in the pram they had brought with them. Continue reading