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2013-08-07 14:05

RTMC WOES CONTINUES: Despite its share holder committee agreeing not to dissolve the RTMC, MEC Robin Carlisle believes its only a matter of time before the organisation is terminated. Image: SAPA

Western Cape MEC for transport Robin Carlisle has called for the death of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).  This comes after RTMC shareholders' committee reversed its decision to dissolve the organisation.

Earlier in August, the shareholders' committee of the RTMC discussed and reviewed an earlier decision (February 2013) to dissolve the RTMC. The committee resolved to rescind the decision.

'NOTHING FURTHER FROM TRUTH'

The RTMC was formed in April 2005 to "pool powers and resources to defragment responsibilities for all aspects of road traffic management across the various levels of government".

Carlisle said: “The Department of Transport media release gives the impression that shareholders have changed their mind about dissolving the RTMC. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

"Transport minister Dipuo Peters assured us (the shareholders) that it was necessary to rescind the decision and appoint a board and a CEO so that these functionaries could then work with her and the national Cabinet to rescind the RTMC Act and phase out RTMC."

‘UNWORKABLE GOVERNANCE’

According to Carlisle, Peters agreed with the shareholders that the RTMC should be dissolved but added “differently from the way the shareholders had in mind". Carlisle added: "I'm sure the minister was not telling fibs but nevertheless, I abstained from voting on rescinding the dissolution. The RTMC has demonstrated, from its inception, that it has a totally unworkable corporate governance and I do not believe even the ANC could be so stupid as to try one more time to get it to work.
 
"The RTMC and national Department of Transport are undergoing a confused and turbulent episode. On July 15 2013 North Gauteng High Court Judge Ebersohn (case 44095/12) ordered the head of the national department of transport "to be committed to imprisonment for a period of 30 days" for failing to honour earlier court orders.
 
"The NDT gives new meaning to the term 'Augean stables' - the new minister has her work cut out."

SEARCHING FOR A NEW CEO

The RTMC said: “The committee decided to immediately initiate a process of establishing governance structures at the RTMC. In this regard, and to ensure stability as the RTMC, the shareholders' committee emphasised the need to start immediately with the process of appointing a board and CEO.”

Collins Letsoalo, the DoT's chief financial officer, was seconded to the RTMC as interim CEO but it was decided to recall him. The committee said it would soon announce an interim CEO for the RTMC; recruiting was under way.

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