Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, accompanied by senior officials from the Law Enforcement Agencies lead a road safety operation on the N3 Heidelberg, Magagula Heights as part of the Provincial Integrated Easter Safety programme last week Wednesday.
A Road block was conducted, vehicles were stopped and searched. Drivers who were not complying with the law were issued with fines and some of the un-roadworthy vehicles were impounded. MEC Nkosi-Malobane also interacted with the drivers and commuters on road safety issues ahead of the Easter weekend. They also handed out safety pamphlets to the commuters.
“We are educating our people about safety on the road and checking the roadworthy of the vehicles. We also conducted a stop and search operation,” said Nkosi-Malobane.
She also urged long distance drivers to rest at least after every two hours drive. “Everyone including the passengers should wear safety belts. The drivers must not drink and drive nor use illegal substances. Life is very precious, we have to stop road carnages in our roads. We also want to save our people from being the victims of road accidents,” said Nkosi- Malobane.
She also instructed the passengers not to ride a taxi whose driver is drunk or who is drinking liquor while driving. “Your life is not worth your taxi fare,” she said.
She also advised those who will be going for holidays to inform their neighbours to assist in checking their homes in their absence. “Get other members of the family to sleep at your house in your absence. Insure your valuable goods in case they get stolen. Take your valuable goods to a secure storage,” she concluded.