Johannesburg testing stations open on Friday

Friday, October 9, 2009

Johannesburg - Testing and licensing stations across Johannesburg will be open and operating as usual on Friday, according to the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).

JMPD spokesperson Edna Mamonyane told BuaNews that staff had returned to work on Thursday afternoon and that "everything was back to normal" on Friday morning.

Testing and licensing stations were closed on Friday after not enough staff pitched for work to man the offices.

According to the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), staff objected to the return of Chris Ngcobo as JMPD Chief after being cleared of corruption charges in August.

Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo, the City Manager Mavela Dlamini and two other members of the mayoral committee addressed the top management of the JMPD staff on Thursday.

City of Johannesburg Director of Communication, Gabu Tugwane, said the meeting was aimed at reminding them of their responsibility to residents and the country.

"He also reminded them that they render a service to people and that they dealt with the safety of people and therefore the public should not lose confidence in them," said Tugwane.

Masondo further informed them that the mayoral committee had endorsed the return of JMPD Chief Chris Ngcobo to work and that he expected them to work together with the chief.

The Mayor is expected to meet with SAMWU on Monday to further discuss matters.