Fes­tive safety drive launched

CRIM­I­NALS TAKE AD­VAN­TAGE AT THIS TIME Ev­ery year there’s pro­found dis­re­gard for rules of the road, by-laws, says mayor.

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS - – Cit­i­zen re­porter – [email protected]­i­zen.co.za

Joburg mayor Her­man Mashaba has launched this year’s Fes­tive Sea­son Cam­paign fo­cus­ing on var­i­ous as­pects af­fect­ing com­mu­nity safety. There has been an early in­crease in rob­beries at shopping cen­tres, with cellphone stores, jew­ellery stores and cash-in-tran­sit ve­hi­cles be­ing tar­geted.

Mashaba yes­ter­day em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of “be­ing vig­i­lant against crime and obey­ing by-laws”.

The de­part­ment of com­mu­nity safety will once again col­lab­o­rate with en­ti­ties such as City Parks, the de­part­ment of trans­port, SA Police Ser­vice, Gaut­eng traf­fic police, the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict Fo­rum and the Self Help As­so­ci­a­tion of Para­plegics.

“Our fes­tive sea­son falls within the sum­mer school hol­i­day pe­riod, a time when many busi­nesses scale down their op­er­a­tions, fam­i­lies go on hol­i­day and parks and shopping cen­tres see an in­crease in vis­i­tors,” Mashaba said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, this is also the time of year when crim­i­nal el­e­ments take ad­van­tage of the re­laxed at­mos­phere in our com­mu­ni­ties, re­sult­ing in homes or busi­nesses be­ing bur­gled.”

He said that ev­ery year, there was a pro­found dis­re­gard for by­laws and the rules of the road.

“Sadly, this dis­re­gard for the law some­times re­sults in the un­nec­es­sary loss of life. It is also wor­ri­some that ex­ces­sive con­sump­tion of al­co­hol tends to in­crease, which of­ten leads to as­sault, in­creased re­port­ing on in­ci­dents of sex­ual vi­o­lence, reck­less and neg­li­gence driv­ing, noise com­pli­ance, fa­tal crashes and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.”

The cam­paign will fo­cus on crime preven­tion ... preven­tion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, speed en­force­ment, pub­lic trans­port com­pli­ance, pedes­trian safety aware­ness and by-law man­age­ment.

Pic­ture: AFP

A man looks at a paint­ing de­pict­ing Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin at the ‘SUPERPUTIN’ ex­hi­bi­tion at UMAM mu­seum in Moscow on Wed­nes­day.

Pic­ture: Nigel Sibanda

SAFE HANDS: Busi­nessper­son Kay Mot­tiar with mayor Her­man Mashaba.

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