The government will soon put a notice in the Government Gazette which will put that move into effect. Once a car is de-registered, technically it becomes valueless as the owner loses a valid title to it. Minister Matiza had this to say
In terms of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act (Chapter13:14), it is illegal to use such a vehicle on a public road unless it meets the registration and licensing requirements enshrined therein. In particular, section 12 of the said Act states that the owner of every registered vehicle shall keep such vehicle licensed in terms of this Act.
Section 12 of the said Act empowers the registrar of vehicles to cancel the registration of a vehicle if according to his records, a registered vehicle has not been licensed or exempted for a period exceeding two years.
My ministry is reliably informed that at the beginning of the month, there were more than 150 000 vehicles sitting in the vehicle licensing database whose licences had expired for more than two years without exemptions.
This is not only unnecessary but unacceptable. The responsible motorists should have simply renewed their licences or obtained exemptions on time. The affected motoring public, therefore, should urgently regularise their vehicle licences.