Minister leads cops on crime-busting tour of KZN

2012-12-27 00:00

POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa has decided to spend the rest of the week in KwaZulu-Natal, visiting police stations, malls, townships and roadblocks around the province with an entourage of senior officers.

Yesterday, roadblocks were set up in and around Pietermaritzburg, including in Mountain Rise, Plessislaer and the CBD, with vehicles randomly checked for roadworthiness, drunk drivers and previous traffic offences.

Speaking at one of the roadblocks, Mthethwa said various units of the police service were working with traffic police to help in arresting errant motorists.

“Various vehicles have been stopped randomly. Some have been found to be stolen vehicles and others were found with illegal registration numbers.

“We also searched vehicles for unlicensed firearms.

“We want people to have a safe and peaceful festive season with no house robberies, business robberies and other crimes,” he said.

Mthethwa said operations to curb crime had been successful, but he could not provide statistics.

He added that traffic was just one aspect the police were focusing on, and that he and his entourage would visit Durban, Umlazi and kwaMashu.

“We are visiting various police stations around the province and places such as malls, where there are high volumes of people, to make sure that we have a police presence and let the police officers who are on duty know that they are not alone.”

Colonel Boxer Pillay, commander of visible policing in Mountain Rise, said police had been using the automatic number plate recognition system to check for motorists with outstanding traffic violations and expired licence discs.

Pillay said two drivers were caught drunk at the wheel, two vehicles were impounded for being unroadworthy and about 40 fines were issued for other violations during yesterday’s operations.

“We stopped and randomly checked a total of 335 vehicles, which means that we also checked over 1 000 people who would have been travelling in those vehicles.”

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