Cele launches festive campaign

2008-12-12 00:00

Long-distance buses that drive negligently will face the full might of the law.

This was announced by MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Bheki Cele at the launch of the festive season’s safety campaign.

Cele, together with a large police contingent went on a walkabout through Durban’s city centre where he spoke to members of the public and shop owners.

In his address after the walk-about, Cele referred to Thursday’s bus accident in which 75 people were injured when an SA Roadlink bus crashed into another bus.

Cele said that traffic officials will clamp down on any long distance buses that drive negligently.

On the safety front, Cele said more than 11 000 members of various security agencies will be deployed throughout parts of the province to deal with crowd management and crime.

He said that air, foot, vehicle and horse patrols will be conducted at places that attract many tourists.

“Popular tourist destinations will be beefed up with additional personnel and static deployment at high risk shopping malls, centres and casinos,” he said.

Extra police reservists will also be deployed in high risk areas.

Cele said that a specialist “war room” that focuses on hijacking, business robberies, housebreakings and theft of motor vehicles will be used over the festive season. The room is fully equipped with the latest technology.

“They ensure that these high-priority crimes receive focused attention in terms of incident reporting, scene attendance, investigations, arrests and processing to court,” he said.

Motorists who play loud music in public places will also be in hot water: there will be a major clampdown on vehicles that cause a public disturbance.

Cele said that there is also a concern about the increase in crimes committed against small businesses that have inadequate security.

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