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Gauteng SOPA: New tamper-proof number plates imminent, says Lesufi

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi said new, hard-to-tamper number plates would help combat crime in the province.

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Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi talked tough about tackling crime in his first State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Monday, 20 February. He once again indicated that overhauling the licence plate system in the province was tied to the fight against crime.

READ: New licence plates for Gauteng in 2023


Lesufi said fighting crime should be the provincial government’s apex priority. He announced the crime-fighting budget would be increased from R750 million to billions of rand in the next three years.

READ: Drones, CCTVs and e-panic buttons: Lesufi’s bold plans to fight crime in Gauteng

In a tech-laden speech, Lesufi said several innovations would be introduced, starting with high-tech, face and car recognition CCTV cameras and “e-Panic buttons” linked to law enforcement agencies.

The Premier said to strengthen the fight against crime the legislation needs to be revamped in three key areas, including:

  • Registration of vehicles, which are often used in crimes.
  • Eliminating illegal firearms.
  • Migrating to a cashless society, especially with business transactions.

“The current number plates system is running out of the numeric and letters. We want to take advantage of this situation to introduce new, hard-to-copy and tamper number plates,” said Lesufi.

The provincial government gazetted a call for public comment and consultation on the vague new number plate security features on Friday, 17 February.

The gazette said the provincial government intends to draft regulations that will allow for the following:

  • The registration of number plate suppliers.
  • The introduction of security features that will “improve the credibility of number plates” and enable easy tracking.
  •  Ensuring the security features on number plates are enhanced and aligned with “National Standards and African Standards.”

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Interested and affected parties may request the reasons for the proposed changes and make representations on or before 31 March 2023.

“This new system will also assist in managing the abuse of temporary number plates. We call upon SADC to create a new database of all vehicles within the region so that we can have a common verification platform,” said the Premier.

Provincial law enforcement agencies have also been instructed to crack down on all drivers who continue to operate vehicles without number plates or use fraudulent temporary permits.

Lesufi added that fake blue lights are on the up, and a special unit is being assembled to eliminate the phenomenon.