The city of Tshwane has announced that it will resume operations in all of its driving license testing centers (DLTCs) and motor vehicle registration offices from Wednesday.
On Monday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula was met by angry protesters at the Akasia Driver’s License Testing Center (DLTC) in Tshwane, demanding the demolition of the National Traffic Information System (NaTIS) booking system because it was not working.
Driving school instructors started protesting after they stopped booking driver’s licenses.
Mbalula said the transportation department wants to make getting driving licenses accessible and as easy as possible.
In a statement, the city of Tshwane said the Roads and Transport Department is committed to ensuring residents receive services without further disruption.
“The National Driving School Association of South Africa (NDSASA) strike action has been going on for almost two weeks. During this time, protesters intimidated staff and customers and forced us to cease operations to ensure the safety of staff and customers and protect our infrastructure.”
The city said it has now taken a stance to defend the rule of law by opening the doors to all of its DLTCs.
“The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has obtained an injunction to be enforced. Protesting driving schools are not allowed to hold customers for ransom. Despite the provincial government’s ban, the city of Tshwane will proceed with its application for our own injunction against the NDSASA to prevent potential violence and destruction of property in our DLTCs.”
During his visit, Mbalula promised to engage the Ministry of Police to deploy agents in various centers to prevent violence and enforce the injunction already imposed on the provincial government.
The city said the court is expected to hear its injunction request against NDSASA on March 9, 2022.