Close to 100 operators have been replaced by a number of Tshwane Metro Police Department officers since the contractor’s contract expired at the end of July.
But, MMC for Community Safety and Emergency Services Karen Meyer gave residents an assurance that security was not compromised.
“The camera operators were not laid off. The tender with the service provider tasked with maintaining the infrastructure has lapsed; it is normal as happens from time-to-time in government procurement processes," she said.
According to former contractors, it was unrealistic to delegate the work to fewer than five City police officers. On a normal working day, the cameras would be manned by at least 100 operators spread over three shifts, they said.