Motorists must steer clear

2015-09-08 06:00
Motorists using Lukkanon Drive have been warned to avoid the isolated and dark road, especially at night, after a spate of crime has reportedly taken place there. 

SAmantha Lee

Motorists using Lukkanon Drive have been warned to avoid the isolated and dark road, especially at night, after a spate of crime has reportedly taken place there. PHOTO: SAmantha Lee

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The Mitchell’s Plain police are warning motorists to avoid isolated coastal roads at night.

This follows several incidents reported in recent weeks.

The stretch of coastal roads and isolated parking places along Lukkanon Drive, Baden Powell Drive, Swartklip Beach and other lookout points between the Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein coast are hotspots for crime, says police.

A stretch of Lukkanon Drive has already been provisionally closed, but access from Weltevreden Road in Rocklands remains open.

“We would like to issue a warning to motorists to avoid parking at isolated beach spots, including Lukkanon Drive, to avoid hijacking and any other crimes. As of late there have been various incidents reported. The road is dark and has loose sandbanks where vehicles can get stuck,” says police spokesperson Constable Zandile Marashula.

Weltevreden Drive, Mnandi Resort and Blue Waters are all along this area. “There is a point where sand encroaches on the road. There are no street lights and the warning is actually directed for the entire stretch of beach road. The alternative is that people avoid secluded, isolated areas and consider the inherent threats or dangers that these type of places could present to the individual, especially at night,” says police spokesperson Sergeant Jerome Voegt.

Neighbourhood watches, the Community Police Forum and the police are patrolling these areas every weekend and law enforcement officials are also assisting.

Recent incidents include several murders and robberies.

In the middle of July the body of a 26-year-old man was discovered.

“The man was found with a gunshot wound to the neck and a Mercedes-Benz was found at the scene. The vehicle was stolen in Woodstock in June this year,” says Voegt. It is alleged the victim got stuck in the sand on Lukkanon Drive. “The man had earlier reported that he had been followed by a silver BMW,” says Voegt.

No arrests have been made and a murder case is under investigation. The motive is unknown.

In another, unrelated murder a body was found by a passerby on Lukkanon Drive in early July. It is believed that the 37-year-old victim was assaulted and strangled by an unknown number of suspects. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on the 3 July murder is urged to call investigating officer Constable Elton Williams on 082 469 3225 or 021 370 1512

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