Yesterday, 14 March 2019, the Department of Public Safety tabled a report to Council to increase impoundment fees from R 2 970 to R 10 000 for first time illegal dumping offenders.
In terms of the Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 and Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003, the Department tabled the report to amend the tariff of charges. The proposed amendment will see the impoundment fee rise from R 2 970 to R 10 000 for a first time offender, R 15 000 for a second offender and a hefty R 20 000 for a third time offender. The Department also proposes that after the third offence, the vehicle used in any illegal dumping be forfeited to the state.
The report was approved in council and will be published for public comments.
Illegal dumping is fast becoming a plaque throughout the City of Johannesburg. Many illegal dumpers operate lucrative businesses by collecting refuse, rubble and even toxic waste to dump in parks, roadside, open spaces and rivers.
Whilst Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department’s (JMPD) efforts such as the Anti-illegal Dumping Hotline and the Anti-illegal Dumping Undercover Unit are yielding positive results, there are still daily occurrences of illegal dumping across the City.
In the month of January, 8 trucks were impounded for offences relating to illegal dumping.
We are receiving daily reports of illegal dumping ranging from residents dumping trash outside their premises to shop owners disposing commercial refuse on non-collection days and industrial refuse being dumped openly.
We need to hit the law breakers where it hurts most. Currently the impound fee is R 2 970 which does not serve as a serious deterrent for operators whom charge up to R 2 000 per load.
As the City, we must work together to ensure that such illegality are stopped. We urge residents to support us in our effort to curb illegal dumping in the City by reporting these unlawful activities to 082 719 1361.
Cllr Michael Sun
MMC for Public Safety
City of Johannesburg
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