eThekwini braces for festive season

2017-12-26 06:00

IT was a day of fun and festivities when Mayor Zandile Gumede hosted the Metro Police Day, launched the festive season and ended the day with a ceremonious switching on of the Christmas lights recently.

The Metro Police Open Day showcased a variety of crime- fighting techniques used by the men and women in uniform. The public were enthralled by the dangerous duties this unit performs every day and learnt about what a day in the life of a Metro Police Officer is.

The day began with a motorcade from OR Tambo Drive on the beachfront to the Moses Mabhida Stadium where Gumede launched the city’s festive season campaign.

She was joined by Mxolisi Kaunda, MEC KZN Department of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison.

Gumede said: “The functions of a municipal police service goes beyond issuing traffic fines. They are a formidable crime-fighting force. This is one of the reasons we have built Metro Police stations in townships. We will continue to increase the capacity of Metro Police because they are the people’s police.”

Metro Police officers showcased their professionalism, skill and capacity of the unit in dealing with all situations that may threaten the security of communities and visitors in preparation for the festive season.

This multitalented unit is staffed with professional, skilled officers ready to tackle crime to ensure the safety of citizens. The unit performed various mock demonstrations using the K9 Unit, who had the crowd on their feet as the dogs tackled a “criminal”.

The Mounted Unit that recently turned 20, performed graceful manoeuvres, yet one cannot doubt their crime fighting ability. Also popular was the anti-hijacking car chase and protest scenarios performed by the Multi-Operational Reaction Unit.

“Police are the friends of our people and enemies of criminals. Respect the rules and our police will respect you. Metro police will ensure that you enjoy this festive season.”

The festivities continued into the evening when Gumede switched on the Christmas lights. A parade down Dr Pixley KaSeme Street, with dancers, mascots and drum majorettes attracted a crowd, who joined in the fun. The parade also highlighted the city’s essential services and rich arts and culture and promoted the inner city precinct as a vibrant and productive economic zone.

Addressing the 2000-strong crowd, city manager, Sipho Nzuza said the municipality has embarked on a robust campaign to clean up the inner city and restore it to a beautiful safe haven.

“To achieve our goal we have looked at five aspects, namely, safety and security, dealing with derelict buildings, review of existing informal trade facilities, cleaning up the inner city and upgrading the urban realm.”

The city hall precinct was where the action was as the city launched the festive season bringing the warmth and unity of Christmas to Durban. As Gumede lit the tree Christmas carols were sung by the Clermont Choir.

eThekwini Municipality wishes everyone well over the festive season.

- Supplied.

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