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State of Emergency regulations flouted at NaTIS

State of Emergency regulations flouted at NaTIS

Maria David

CONCERN has been raised over State of Emergency regulations being breached at NaTIS in the North following the resumption of service recently.

 

This follows a tip-off to Informanté that more than a hundred people flocked to NaTIS’s northern offices in Oshakati and Ondangwa.

 

“What is so wrong, they could bring the cards outside for those collecting drivers license but they are not doing that. Imagine regulations say don’t gather more than 10,” said one man standing in line at the offices.

 

 

On the scene it was discovered that NaTIS at Oshakati was offline, while the offices at Ondangwa was not able to process payments.

 

Head of NaTIS at Ongwediva, Sam Shipiki, confirmed that all those that were affected during the COVID-19 with expired documents were assisted with a grace period of 30 days.

 

“No extra charge was added to those whose license discs expired and those that had appointments for learners licenses,” said Shipiki.

 

He pointed out the staff are working real under pressure to catch up with the huge backlog despite complaints from people.

 

“Doors opens at 07:30 and by 15:30 doors are supposed to close, but we have been assisting people until all are assisted as we don’t leave anyone behind,” he said.

 

Shipiki indicated that infrastructure capacity is a challenge they are faced with many people because the majority of Namibia’s people resides in the North.

 

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