NWU academic appointed chairperson of National Traffic Law Review Committee

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Johannesburg, Feb 23, 2017

Dipuo Peters, the national Minister of Transport, appointed Dr Kesolefetse Olivia Lefenya, a senior lecturer in Public Law at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) and admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa, as chairperson of the National Traffic Law Review Committee.

This independent committee has been appointed for a period of 18 months and it brings together men and women with vast experience in law enforcement, academia and labour who will be responsible for the following:

* Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the traffic law enforcement fraternity, identify areas for review and develop a consultative strategy draft document on traffic law enforcement.

* Consider the constitutional mandate and related legislative imperatives pertaining to the law enforcement environment and ensure integration, harmonisation and alignment of various functions.

* Develop a blue print for the future design of the traffic law enforcement, provide for an adequate resource framework, guidelines to streamline a training framework and the determination of relevant appropriate qualifications for traffic law enforcement.

* Provide and develop benchmarks of best practices in law enforcement in order to compete and operate favourably within regional and international context.

* Review the current environment and consider traffic policy that supports the priorities identified by government and simultaneously review and confirm the traffic law enforcement mandate with related functions and level of effect and structure amongst other tasks.

Other members of the committee are Mbuyisiwe Malaza, president of the Institute of Traffic and Municipal Officers of Southern Africa, Benjamin van Rooyen, principal of Lyceum Correspondence College of Higher Education, Isaac Sipho Dlepu, director for operations at the Johannesburg Metro Department, Hlulu Msimang, head of the Public Safety Department at the City of Johannesburg, Dorcas Khosa Shikwambana, a lecturer at the Department of Safety and Security in the Faculty of Humanities at Tshwane University of Technology, Dr Maria Peenze, who is running her own consulting business, and Oupa Sebiloane, a seasoned trade unionist.