To become a Traffic Cop in South Africa, there are several requirements and steps that need to be followed. This career path involves a combination of specific subjects, qualifications, and training. Let’s explore the essential subjects and qualifications required to become a Traffic Cop.

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Essential Requirements and Qualifications

  1. Grade 12 Certificate: The primary academic requirement for aspiring Traffic Cops is a Grade 12 certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification. Subjects in high school that can be particularly beneficial include:
    • Mathematics: Helps with problem-solving and logical thinking.
    • Physical Science: Provides a good understanding of the physical aspects of traffic and vehicle mechanics.
    • Life Orientation: Focuses on personal development, health, and wellness, which are crucial for a career in traffic enforcement.
    • Geography: Offers insights into road networks and urban planning.
  2. Permanent Employment: Candidates must be employed by a local authority (municipality) or provincial administration as a Traffic Trainee. This means that you need to apply for a post when it is advertised in local and national newspapers or through direct enquiries to local or provincial authorities.
  3. No Criminal Record: Applicants must have a clean criminal record to be considered for the role.
  4. Physical and Mental Fitness: Candidates must be medically, physically, and mentally fit. This ensures they can perform the demanding tasks associated with traffic control and enforcement.
  5. Driving Licence: A code B driving licence (manual transmission) is required. Learner’s licences are not accepted.
  6. Age Requirement: Applicants must be under 35 years old at the time of application.

Once these requirements are met and the candidate is successfully employed, they are sent to one of the 14 Traffic Colleges approved by the Minister of Transport for a one-year training program.

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Application Process

Interested candidates cannot apply directly through traffic colleges or academies. Instead, they must apply for positions advertised by local or provincial authorities. These vacancies are typically announced in various media outlets, including newspapers and official websites.


List of Traffic Police Colleges in South Africa

Traffic Officers undergo a rigorous training process that includes both theoretical and practical components. This training is designed to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their duties effectively.

For those who aspire to become Metro Police Officers, additional training is required. Metro Police Officers are first trained as Traffic Officers and then receive further training on police duties. This includes crime prevention and the enforcement of municipal by-laws.

Limpopo Traffic Training College

Physical Address:
Thengwe Road (Next to Mutale Driving Licence Testing Centre), Tshilamba, Mutale

Contact Person:
Ms. R Netshiavendza

Email:
netshidzivher@drt.limpopo.gov.za
ngwenyaP@drt.limpopo.gov.za

Telephone:
(015) 967 9314
(015) 967 9300

Fax:
(015) 967 0467


Boekenhoutkloof Traffic Training College

Physical Address:
Plot 81, Sandui Street, Pretoria West

Contact Person:
Mr. SWJ Jacobs (Acting Head of BHKTC)

Email:
swjsmzs@mweb.co.za

Telephone:
(012) 372 8007
(082) 887 6746

Fax:
(012) 372 0401


KwaZulu-Natal Traffic Training College

Physical Address:
240 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg

Contact Person:
Mr. Reon du Plessis

Email:
reon.duplessis@kzntransport.gov.za
Roshan.singh@kzntransport.gov.za

Telephone:
(033) 394 0202

Fax:
(033) 342 7711


Lengau Traffic Training College

Physical Address:
Church Street, Bloemfontein

Contact Person:
Mr. K E Sease

Email:
seasek@freetrans.gov.za

Telephone:
(051) 409 0437

Fax:
(051) 876 2449


Mangaung Traffic Training College

Physical Address:
81 Charles Street, Bloemfontein

Contact Person:
Mr. Wayne Peens

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Email:
wayne.Peens@mangaung.co.za

Telephone:
(051) 412 8100

Fax:
(051) 406 6499


Durban Metro Police Department Academy

Physical Address:
Anderson Road, Lahee Park (Behind Sanlam Centre), Pinetown

Contact Person:
Ms. W Zama

Email:
Zamaw@durban.gov.za

Telephone:
(031) 322 4461

Fax:
(031) 701 0160


Johannesburg Metro Police Department Academy

Physical Address:
No. 1 Stevens Road, Stafford, Booysens, Johannesburg

Contact Person:
Director M Kgaswane

Email:
BerylS@joburg.org.za
MathokozaK@joburg.org.za

Telephone:
(011) 429 5000

Fax:
(011) 493 1675


Tshwane Metro Police Department Academy

Physical Address:
Premos, Staatsartilirie Road, Pretoria

Contact Person:
Mr. Johnny De Kela

Email:
johnnydk@tshwane.gov.za

Telephone:
(012) 358 0005

Fax:
(086) 640 5111
(012) 359 6174


Port Elizabeth Traffic Training College

Physical Address:
Lakeside Road, Green Bushes, Port Elizabeth

Contact Person:
Ms. Julia Nonzinyana (Acting Head of College)

Email:
jnonziny@mandelametro.gov.za

Telephone:
(041) 390 4515

Fax:
(041) 327 2276


Matjhabeng Traffic Training College

Physical Address:
2 Kwartz Street, Welkom

Contact Person:
Mr. Solly Mokoena

Email:
SollyM@matjhabeng.co.za

Telephone:
(057) 391 3295

Fax:
(057) 352 3821


Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department Academy

Physical Address:
3 Hadebe Street, Kwa-Thema, Springs

Contact Person:
Ms. U Naidoo
Ms. Carin Heyneke

Email:
CarinH@ekurhuleni.gov.za

Telephone:
(011) 812 8700

Fax:
(086) 608 0006
(086) 692 8824


Cape Town Metropolitan Police Training Academy

Physical Address:
C/o Lower Main and Station Roads, Observatory

Contact Person:
Mr. Rizaa Coetzee

Email:
Rizaa.coetzee@capetown.gov.za

Telephone:
(021) 444 7301
(021) 444 7304

Fax:
(086) 273 9195