Man sees red after long struggle to get permit

DESPERATE TO DRIVE: Zuko Tolashe holds documents he submitted to the municipality as he desperately tries to obtain his public drivers’ permit Picture: BHONGO JACOB

 A KOMANI resident is not happy with the Enoch Mgijima Municipality traffic department, claiming he has been struggling since last year to get a public drivers’ permit (PDP).

 Zuko   Tolashe  from Newvale said: “I applied for the licence in December last year after it expired. I followed all the procedures and paid the money required and I am still waiting for it.”

He said he had reported the matter on several occasions

“I don’t know what they want me to do. I have been to the municipality many times and I am sure they know me by now.”

The self-employed man said he was being sent from pillar to post.

“They send me from one window to another and the manager said I must deposit the money again – that will cost me more money.”

 Tolashe  makes extra money by driving long-distance trips for local churches.

“Sometimes there are trips I need to make to transport church people and now I can not drive without the PDP. My worry is that we are approaching Easter which is a busy time.”

He said he was unhappy with the situation and the service.

“I’m trying to avoid breaking the law and getting into trouble with traffic officers on the road. I feel I am wasting my time by going up and down to check with them.”

Municipal spokesman Gcobani Msindwana said sometimes drivers did not have all the necessary documents needed to obtain their licences.

“He must bring all his documents and see the chief traffic officer. The documents must be up to date.”


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