The dispute between the eThekwini Municipality and the NPA over the issue of speed cameras shows no sign of ending, says a report in The Mercury. The DA’s Shaun Ryley said the dispute had been running for two years and left the metro police unable to fulfill one of its most vital responsibilities.

In July 2017, the city was ordered to stop speed timing operations as the NPA had red-flagged the pricing model of the electronic enforcement tender.

It is believed the DPP had raised concerns relating to the electronic enforcement contract between the city and the company providing the cameras.

‘The municipality is now locked in an ongoing tussle with the NPA over who is right. With no end to this battle in sight, speeding motorists are allowed to run amok in the city,’ Ryley said.

Metro police head Commissioner Steve Middleton said the department did not believe it had done anything wrong in terms of the tender specifications and the pricing structure.

‘We have a senior legal council opinion regarding the process,’ he said.

In May, the then KZN DPP, Advocate Moipone Noko, declined to divulge the details of what had led to the halting of the enforcement operations.

Full report in The Mercury (subscription needed)