RTMC launches urgent application to take over eNatis

RTMC launches urgent application to take over eNatis

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has launched an urgent court application at the North Gauteng High Court this morning to force Tasima to hand over the eNatis system in line with the Constitutional Court decision.

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The Electronic National Administration Traffic Information System (eNatis) is the official system to register all vehicles, driving licence, contravention and accident data.

The highest court in the land ruled in November last year that the contract extension, in terms of which Tasima has operated the eNatis since 2010, is invalid. 

RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane says the court ordered Tasima to transfer the system to the RTMC within 30 days.

"The period for hand over has expired without such hand over having been effected," says Zwane.

Zwane says the corporation wants the court to order Tasima to vacate the premises from which it operates the eNatis as these premises are a national key point. 

"It  also seeks an order declaring that Tasima and its directors are in contempt of the Constitutional Court ruling instructing it to hand over the system," says Zwane.

Zwane says they decided to approach the court following a notice by Telkom that it intends to cut off the eNatis system if it does not receive payment today.

"The eNatis is dependent for its operation on services provided by Telkom and there will be a national crisis if Telkom were to implement its action as contained in a letter of demand given to Tasima. Tasima is unable to pay Telkom and other service providers. Neither the Department of Transport, nor the RTMC are able to pay because any such payment would constitute irregular expenditure. RTMC can only make a payment once Tasima has transferred the eNatis to the RTMC as ordered by the Constitutional Court," says Zwane.

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