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Threats to arrest motorists are just “bully-boy” tactics: DA

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The Democratic Alliance has said the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is using “bully-boy” tactics to threaten motorists this festive season.

In a statement released on Thursday, the party said that RTMC had threatened arrests in areas that contravened legislation.

“In lieu of proper road safety initiatives, the RTMC has threatened motorists and road users with arrests for transgressions that legislation does not allow arrest. These are bully-boy tactics to cover up for failing to properly plan for preventing this festive season’s road deaths.”

The RTMC had threatened to arrest motorists for driving without a licence and not wearing a seatbelt, the DA said.

It added that the RTMC had opened itself up to civil claims.

“Now traffic officials, who have very limited powers of arrest, and cannot arrest persons without a warrant, have been invited to create a new set of problems where civil claims may well be lodged against traffic authorities for unlawful arrest.

“Instead of having a properly coordinated road safety campaign, the RTMC is threatening the public with arrest when they are simply not in a legal position to do so.

“The DA will be identifying any wrongful or unlawful arrests and will hold Minister Dipou Peters accountable in Parliament for actions that are taken outside of the law this festive season.” News24


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