George Poole, representing KOSRA, and Doug Swanson, representing Kenton/Bushmans Chamber of Business and Tourism, met with the Kenton SAPS Station Commander, Capt. Parkinson on Friday 3 July 2020 to discuss the above.
In terms of the Municipal By-Laws, car guards must be licensed by the Municipality to operate.
No valid licences have been issued for Kenton. We have been advised by the SAPS that contravention of Municipal By-Laws must be dealt with by the Municipality, not the police.
If anyone is harassed by a car guard or a beggar, the correct recourse is to immediately phone the Kenton SAPS on 046 648 1222 and request assistance. If you wish to take it further, after you have been assisted, you should go to the charge office and make a statement. For this you would need the name of the person concerned.
Capt. Parkinson has undertaken to contact the relevant official in Ndlambe Municipality and request that he take appropriate action against the car guards and beggars.
The SAPS strongly advises us all to refrain from giving cash or food to car guards or beggars, as this only encourages them.
NDLAMBE ROAD AND TRAFFIC BY-LAWS
37. Parking attendants
- No person may, in exchange for money or some other thing of value or in anticipation thereof:
- direct the operator or occupant of a motor vehicle to a public parking space: or
- provide any other parking or related services in a public place.