Government insists on spot fines

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Home Affairs permanent secretary Melusi Matshiya yesterday told Parliament there was now need for an effective and efficient electronic traffic management system to manage spot fines.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Matshiya made the remarks when he appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Home Affairs where he was asked to explain how different departments like the Registrar-General’s Office, Immigration, Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), the Zimbabwe Republic Police were operating given their constrained fiscal space.

“The official position is that spot fines are there to stay and it is legal for the police to collect them,” Matshiya said.
“That is why I am praying to have electronic traffic management in place where police will have a database which correlates with vehicles because while Zinara has done that, the police have not.”

Matshiya said he wanted a situation whereby police would key in and get information about the history of a vehicle.

“An example is the Phillipines where police can easily detect how many times a driver of a particular vehicle has been charged for speeding or other traffic offences,” he said.

On Zacc, he said Parliament should conduct interviews for commissioners as the organisation’s secretariat could not execute its duties well because of absence of a commission.

On xenophobia, Buhera West MP Oliver Mandipaka (Zanu PF) asked Matshiya to assure Zimbabweans that their relatives in South Africa were safe.

“I cannot give assurance, but as government, we are doing the best we can through discussions — because assurance is like protecting your home,” he said.

“In this case, we are only operating through the government of South Africa and through the Department of Foreign Affairs. They have undertaken to say they will protect our people.”