MEC joins road safety cam­paign drive

The Rep - - NEWS - ANDISA BONANI

The MEC for the de­part­ment of trans­port Weziwe Tikana led a high­pow­ered team of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers at a road­block on the N6 in Ko­mani on Sun­day.

The op­er­a­tion, which was cor­di­nated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the po­lice, the com­mu­nity po­lice fo­rum (CPF) and the traf­fic of­fi­cers, was the fi­nal road safety cam­paign in the prov­ince to con­clude the fes­tive sea­son and en­sure ev­ery­one ar­rived safely at their des­ti­na­tions.

The de­part­ment’s spokesman Unathi Bin­qose said Ko­mani was one of the coun­try’s busiest towns which linked trav­ellers from towns across the prov­ince on their jour­neys to the big­ger cities.

“The N6 route to Jo­han­nes­burg and in East Lon­don’s di­rec­tion be­come very busy dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son as peo­ple re­turn home and oth­ers are go­ing on va­ca­tion. It was im­por­tant for the de­part­ment to en­sure all road-users com­plied with the law and had all the nec­es­sary doc­u­ments needed when driv­ing.

“Most im­por­tantly, we wanted to check whether driv­ers were sober and that ve­hi­cles were road­wor­thy.”

Bin­qose said most ve­hi­cles which were stopped for checks did not make it past Ko­mani as driv­ers ei­ther did not have li­censes, were driv­ing with­out nec­es­sary per­mits or were driv­ing un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles.

Bin­qose said they ex­pected roads to be busy this week when most busi­nesses re­opened and pupils re­turned to school af­ter the hol­i­day.

“The MEC has put out a stern warn­ing to all road users to be vig­i­lant on the roads and that any­one found to be break­ing the law, risk­ing other peo­ple’s lives would be dealt with ac­cord­ingly. There will be no le­nience to peo­ple who do not ad­here to the road reg­u­la­tions.”

Bin­qose said that the de­part­ment be­lieved the ini­tia­tive to pros­e­cute tran­gres­sors had pos­si­bly saved many peo­ple’s lives over the fes­tive sea­son into the new year.

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EN­FORC­ING THE LAW: De­part­ment of Trans­port MEC Weziwe Tikana as­sists law en­force­ment of­fi­cers at a road­block to check whether mo­torists are com­ply­ing with the rules of the road

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