Freedom Front Plus
Freedom Front Plus

RTIA boss’s raise of nearly 100% scandalous against the backdrop of a failing AARTO

The FF Plus strongly condemns the 96% raise that the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) boss received for managing a failing AARTO system and will lodge a complaint with the Public Service Commission so that it can determined whether the salary is justifiable, says adv Anton Alberts, chairperson of the FF Plus.

In addition, the raise must be seen in the context of the agency’s efficiency, and consequently its income, drastically decreasing in the 2016/17 financial year.

During this time, the RTIA’s income decreased with 42%, which amounts to about R100 million, because 63.44% less fines were issued. AARTO fines decreased from 5.5 million to only 2 million.

According to adv Alberts, the agency also took a knock with the recent Fines4U court case in which the judge ruled that the agency did not comply with its own legislation. AARTO is also haunted by a possible class action in which those that paid AARTO fines can claim back the money.

“The consequence of the court case is that all AARTO fines that were nonprocedurally issued are invalid. The claims that can be made against AARTO can add up to immense amounts.

“It seems like it has become customary to compensate those that perform poorly in South Africa. This raise can in no way be justified and the Public Service Commission will have to answer for it,” says adv Alberts.


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