Stop the drunks — mayor’s call on city traffic police

2014-12-11 00:00

MSUNDUZI Mayor Chris Ndlela has called on his traffic department to crackdown on drunken driving in the city during the festive season.

Speaking at the year’s last council meeting yesterday, he also appealed to residents, both motorists and pedestrians, to be patient and considerate on the road. “We expect our community services employees to go out as they never have before, to ensure law enforcement. Drunken driving must be dealt with decisively, irrespective of who is involved,” Ndlela said.

The mayor added that there would be many more police within the Msunduzi area tomorrow. This was part of a countrywide initiative to deploy more police over the festive season.

Ndlela said he and senior officials had been involved in talks with the police service to facilitate this process in the capital city.

The final council meeting for 2014 ended with a party at Harry Gwala Stadium in the early evening. Councillors were also invited to the staff party due to take place on Monday.

Msunduzi chief whip and veteran struggle activist Truman Magubane had the last word. He thanked his fellow councillors for behaving themselves and not emulating their counterparts in the National Assembly.

“Over the past month, we have seen a lot of chaos in the national Parliament. People dressed in red and in gumboots, using vulgar language. I heard one MP tell another, ‘You are a dog’. I was concerned that it could happen here, but it didn’t. I want to thank all councillors for not behaving badly. We had our differences, but we did not use any vulgar language in this chamber. Let us keep up our record of good and respectful debate,” he said.

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