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Union questions ‘irregular’ traffic warden intake

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The Public Servants Association has requested the Public Protector to investigate the appointment of 50 traffic wardens in the Northern Cape.

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THE PUBLIC Servants Association (PSA) has requested the Public Protector to investigate the appointment of 50 traffic wardens in the Northern Cape.

PSA provincial manager Steve Ledibane stated that only 25 posts were advertised in September 2023.

“The Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison appointed 50 wardens in January. The concern is how the other 25 traffic wardens were selected, as proper recruitment and selection procedures were not followed,” said Ledibane.

He indicated that the candidates were interviewed telephonically.

“This raises questions about the quality and integrity of the process. Security checks were circumvented as no proper vetting was done. Applicants with criminal records could have been appointed, while candidates were selected when they did not meet the requirements. Three family members from one household, political affiliates, friends and family members were given preference.”

Ledibane added that they had not received the recruitment and selection report for the wardens’ intake, despite their request.

Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison spokesperson Rennie Andrias indicated that the department would offer its full co-operation to any investigation.

“The union took this matter to the relevant law enforcement agencies and we can’t comment on it,” said Andrias.

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