JMPD Officers. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

Joburg homeowner furious after JMPD cop “fines” him for driveway paving

The JMPD has done some great work but this may just overshadow a lot of it.


JMPD Officers. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has been heralded as a massive positive for the City of Johannesburg in the last two years. While they have done great work, there are always a couple of bad apples in every group waiting to start a scandal. This one, in particular, is just rather insane.

JMPD: Don’t pave your driveway bru

IOL reports on the story of how a Linden resident was “fined” R1500 by the JMPD for repaving his driveway area.

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Bijan Rahmayzadeh told the publication how he had appointed a contractor to repave his yard by merely replacing a couple of bricks in his driveway. According to one JMPD officer, you need a permit to repave the inside of your driveway.

“A JMPD officer stopped in front of my door and demanded a permit from the man in charge of the paving and also told him that if he could not produce the permit, they should pay him R500 cash or he would take some of the bricks away.”

“I arrived at my house and was shocked to hear that a permit is required to replace old paving in front of my house. I asked the officer if any of the many other neighbours who had repaved had permits to do so.”

The “aggressive officer” had no answer and then suddenly started denying that he had asked for a bribe, even though multiple workers had seen him doing so.

“I also told the officer that actually municipalities always encourage residents to beautify the front of their house and that by doing paving, I was also making it more comfortable for pedestrians passing. But the officer was adamant to give me a R1500 fine,” Rahmayzadeh said.

The JMPD has since confirmed that no permit is needed for brick paving. The only time a permit would be needed is if work was carried out on the road.

JMPD Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar also explained that the department’s internal affairs unit is carrying out an investigation. Disciplinary action will be taken against the officer if found guilty.