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Cops must stop drag races: Ndebele

2011-04-04 23:14

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele on Monday urged law enforcement officials to crack down on illegal drag racing after three people were killed in an apparent drag race at the weekend.

"Law enforcement officers are expected to know where these illegal drag races are taking place and they must stop the racing before it even starts," he said.

Ndebele said that law enforcement should not be afraid to confiscate vehicles or suspend licences if it would prevent illegal drag racing.

"We are calling upon law enforcement agencies to do everything possible to put an end to illegal drag racing, especially in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The department would even assist to arrange legal races, but illegal drag racing would not be tolerated.

Two people died on the scene and a third died later in hospital after crash involving two vehicles in Gezina around 20:00.

The two cars crashed into two other cars, which were not taking part in the race.

One of the vehicles crashed into a pole and burst into flames and the other broke apart when it hit another pole.

Synchronisation

Tshwane safety and security spokesperson William Baloyi said the city of Tshwane had approached engineers for advice on how to make Voortrekker Road safer after the death of the three in an apparent drag race at the weekend.

Tshwane safety and security spokesperson William Baloyi said: "We are looking at a multitude of possible solutions."

One of the options under consideration was for the city to change the synchronisation of robots on that road so that not all robots were green at the same time.

Another option was building speed bumps, but that came with a different set of problems.

"That is a very busy road and speed bumps might contribute to traffic congestion during heavy traffic flow."

He said the city was waiting for feedback from engineers before any decisions would be taken.

The DA called on the city's mayor on Monday morning to "intervene immediately to stop the illegal racing in Voortrekker Road on Sunday evenings", said Moot councillor Elmarie Linde in a statement.

"We have submitted two petitions in the last four years requesting action, but to no avail.

"It is time that the mayor visits Voortrekker Road on a Sunday evening to see for himself what is happening there," said DA councillor Hendrik Fourie of Ward 53.



Comments
  • laageen - 2011-04-05 00:21

    They have just introduced vertically placed banana shape speed bumps in Spain. It does not bugger up the suspension like traditional horizontal placed bumps but forces the car to slow down as it has to turn slightly to avoid going over it. It has had a very good reception. Just a thought.

  • Donovan Jackson - 2011-04-05 01:10

    The police have more important things to do. Like eating donuts and extorting bribes.

      Thangy - 2011-04-05 10:07

      So true!!

  • IBI - 2011-04-05 02:17

    We had drag racing in Voortrekker since the 60' on Sunday nights; nobody got killed; must be the quality of drivers are deminishing. Solution is speedbumps that are OK at 60km but would damage a car at higher speeds. It would be easy for engeneers to calculate and build.

  • Brieuse - 2011-04-05 04:49

    Please don't do speed bumps. You guys don't maintain them. They are difficult to see when all the paint has come off them and the warning signs have grown legs and walked away.

  • Amanda - 2011-04-05 05:16

    Solving crime is a mission impossible for these guys, i can't see how they goin to get this right.

  • pabnel.nel - 2011-04-05 06:06

    Please open the legal races again, open the tracks, make the airstrips available. Then you dont have to stand next the road and watch or race for that matter. They sell turbos, chargers etc, you use it but cant feel the full effect because there is no legal place to go. The next best thing the road past your work. If they dont, well there is plenty of 400 m strips in GP.

      peace_piece - 2011-04-05 07:56

      You know what - I agree with you. England has "track days" where you can take your car for a race as well as many open drag race meets. The after market performance industry is HUGE in SA but the end result is not catered for. If you've got nowhere to take your new R250 000 machine, then the street is the only option.

  • Munro - 2011-04-05 06:40

    They should rather focus on preventing farm murders than securing suicide hotspots.

      Brian - 2011-04-05 06:58

      You so right, three people die due to their own stupidty, and everyone is up in arms, Farmers die on a daily basis and nothing is done.

      Munro - 2011-04-05 07:05

      Thanks for seeing my point Brian.

      King Shaka@24.com - 2011-04-05 08:14

      Brian don't be doff. those three people could've killed many more innocent bystanders, pedestrians and motorists. Think of Jub-jub.

      Salomé - 2011-04-05 10:38

      Is streetracing illegal?, is murder illegal? I guess so, well then one is not more than a crime than the other. If you a street racer, you are no different from a thief or murderer, you do not obey the law, you do not respect others, and you know you are busy with the wrong things. All of us need to take personal reponsibility and start to do the right thing.

  • thabatao - 2011-04-05 06:58

    The Metro has been warned 100's of times. They made available a strip 45 km from town. Absolute stupidity. People will not drive 45 km to race. Tarlton is over a 100 km away. There are many steerts in Pretoria they can close on Sunday nights. We talk about a Metro whose traffic officials cannot even do point duty or traffic control. How do you expect them to close roads for drag racing. They can charge a small fee of R50 and have the ambulances and tow trucks on the scene and have safety in place. The drag racers will just move from street to street until the Metro comes to the party.

      Dan - 2011-04-05 09:42

      This is stupid. Have you considered the possibility of damage to business premises along the road? I heard the one guy's engine landed in an adjacent business showroom. Do any of you really think any insurance company will allow this. Don't be stupid guys. These people as sick and we try to help them. To hell with all of them.

  • o Great one - 2011-04-05 07:03

    How they can`t even stop the sale of illegal dvd and junk at the traffic lights , now you want them to stop drag racers with fast cars Good Luck

  • Tantrum - 2011-04-05 07:17

    Ag, f#ck please - is drag racing now the flavour of the week at the metro police. Rather use that single braincell that is shared between the members of the metro and see how you can stop murders, rapes and theft. But no, it is now again a case of: "Daardie vark, hy denk hy kan jaag by my straat, aikona, ek sal hom gee die robot en die speed bump, eish die moena hy is slem"

  • Siphiwo - 2011-04-05 07:30

    The issue of drag racing is the peak point of most of South African drivers, especially in urban areas like Tshwane and Joburg,to show how disrespect for the law is in this country! The challenge that we have in Johannesburg is that of communities demanding speed humps in every road just to mitigate the anarchy caused by disrespectful, unlicenced and negligent motorists. Can law enforcement officials do the work that they are paid for!Pedestrians are no more walking on the pavements built for them, innocent and law abiding citizens are afraid on the roads of South Africa! Simply because thugs have taken over roads of that we have built with taxpayers money, and police are seriously unwilling to act decisively on these criminals. This is not tolerable South Africans!

  • Gary - 2011-04-05 07:47

    hmmm, it'll be soon forgotten, metro only cares now because of the amount of attention that this has received. Elections are when?

  • TonyVW - 2011-04-05 07:50

    Like so many other law related issues in this country, nothing will happen. They just saying something now because people died and it's in the news. The ministers - all of them - are too busy lining their pockets and driving their expensive cars to give a flying hoot about the people they are supposed to serve! Maybe if they stop taxi drivers with their own street drag every day, then other people will see that the police mean business. Let's get back to basics please!!!

  • kleinkoppi - 2011-04-05 07:59

    Putting speed bumps in Voortrekker road will have a huge effect on traffic, I live nearby and know how traffic looks during peak hours. The drag racing has been going on for years now. The metro has tried "putting" a stop to it, but as soon as the racers see the metro they just don't race. Then after a couple of weeks the metro decides OK, no more races is going on, so job well done...WTF... The next week all racers are back. They should have people there EVERY sunday night, for something the call VISIBLE POLICING... As soon as the racers see metro around they wont race. But they think being there a couple of Sunday nights, and seeing nothing they have solved the problem, they just come back as soon as metro leaves. @IBI you make a good point, try and make a speed bumps that's OK with 60 km/h but not at higher speeds. If you drive down Voortrekker at 60km/h you will get all the traffic light green, and that helps a lot with traffic in peak hours. Just take vehicles and suspend licenses and HEAVY fines... Would be some suggestions... But they cant even enforce basic traffic laws, now we want the metro to work as well... NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN

  • MactheKnife - 2011-04-05 08:25

    As long as they kill themselves let them drag race. Its like a once off thing. So why the big fuss. Use your brain cells to work out how to protect the farmers, the people we rely on for our daily meal.

      King Shaka@24.com - 2011-04-05 08:49

      Look, if they want to kill themselves, then fine they can do it somewhere where there are no other people. But right now they are putting many innocent people at risk. Imagine your child being mowed by one of these chaps. Imagine one of them losing control and crashing onto a family member of yours who's minding their own business in the opposite lane. Isn't that what Jub Jub and his friend did?

  • Margaret - 2011-04-05 10:01

    One of the problems is leakage of confidential information from the police. They get a tip off, and then 'somebody' in the police tells the dragsters where the cops are going, and when the cops get there, nothing is happening. Corruption in the police has a lot to do with their ineffectiveness to stop this thing.

  • Faerie - 2011-04-05 10:23

    Too many men have watched the movie "Fast and Furious" and think it is cool to try the same. This practise should defininetly be BANNED, in a way that it will be impossible to cheat the system.

  • Wacko - 2011-04-05 10:53

    Maybe you must look at your blue light cronies as well ........ They drive like they on a race track.

  • skulldude70 - 2011-04-05 11:01

    "Law enforcement officers are expected to know where these illegal drag races are taking place and they must stop the racing before it even starts," Yes, they DO know because the Metro chops (sorry, cops) take part in the illegal street racing down Voortrekker on Sundays. And it is street racing, not drag racing. I wish reporters would get it right and not suck such tripe out of their thumbs when writing an article. If you want to see DRAG racing, go to Tarlton.

  • Eric - 2011-04-05 12:10

    I do not condone this practice and am glad that something is going to be done about it BUT, what is going to be done about the high number of un-roadworthy Taxis and other vehicle that pose a danger on the roads and are the result of even a higher number of annual road deaths????? What about the general lawlesness which is being condoned on our roads (stop streets being treated as yields, not wearing seats belts), even by traffic officials? What about people who drive 40km/hr on a freeway (these people are just as dangerous as those who speed) which makes it quite clear that the driver has no confidence therefore does not have a license. Address this before starting to focus on one fatal accident!!!!!

  • Eric - 2011-04-05 12:12

    I do not condone this practice and am glad that something is going to be done about it BUT, what is going to be done about the high number of un-roadworthy Taxis and other vehicle that pose a danger on the roads and are the result of even a higher number of annual road deaths????? What about the general lawlesness which is being condoned on our roads (stop streets being treated as yields, not wearing seats belts), even by traffic officials? What about people who drive 40km/hr on a freeway (these people are just as dangerous as those who speed) which makes it quite clear that the driver has no confidence therefore does not have a license. Address this before starting to focus on one fatal accident!!!!!

  • spetsnazss - 2011-04-05 12:29

    What a load of crap !!! 3 people die and all of the sudden stop drag races ! what about all those vehicles that arnt road worthy??? Trucks killing people by the day ! taxis driving with no lights no breaks ! and every accident 10s of people die !!!

  • Michelle - 2011-04-05 13:02

    Maybe the cops should stop harassing innocent people and focus more on the real problems!! Speedbumps aren't an option there, as traffic is too heavy on that road!! The congestion will be terrible!!

  • croix.mactee - 2012-09-14 21:27

    Says the famous (notorious?)Sbu Ndebele - the one that got away with it all - tenderitis, nepotism and not doing his job properly, etc, etc. Call on "law enforcement" to investigate your own dealings first?

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