1 000 traffic cops for Easter pilgrimage

2012-04-03 17:31

Polokwane - Over 1 000 traffic officers and 33 road safety officers will be deployed in Limpopo over Easter, provincial roads and transport MEC, Pitsi Moloto, said on Tuesday.

Speaking during the official launch of the Arrive Alive campaign held on the N1 outside Polokwane, Moloto said traffic offers would use 378 marked vehicles and 136 unmarked vehicles for their patrols.

"Roving speed checks will be undertaken at various strategic areas. Their visibility will be maximised through our partnership with the police's Operation Blue Lights On.

"The Alcohol Evidence Centre will be utilised to the fullest, on a 24-hour basis," said Moloto.

He said special operations with police would also be held at the Beit Bridge and Groblersbrug border posts.

Department head Ntau Lebele said officers working extended hours over Easter would be paid out of the R28m budgeted for overtime, to cover the whole of the current financial year.

Road authorities also warned that vehicles carrying overloaded goods or too many passengers and unroadworthy public passenger vehicles would not be allowed to continue their trips.

Roads in Limpopo experience huge traffic volumes every Easter, due to thousands of Zion Christian Church members flocking to Moria City, outside Polokwane, for their annual Easter pilgrimage.

  • Irene - 2012-04-03 18:23

    Over 1 000 traffic officers and 33 road safety officers will be getting ready to cash in.

      andrew.hewittcoleman - 2012-04-04 09:27

      If they do only look to enrich themselves, Name & Shame them at The same goes for any reckless driving over the Easter weekend. The roads are going to be busy.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-04-03 18:41

    More "policy enforcement men" to relieve people of their money or will they actually be peace officers who works to keep the peace of each person? I guess the first option will be first in their minds as always.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-03 18:42

    Transport MEC Pitsi Moloto, No more "threats" If you don't get the road deaths down this Easter holidays; YOU ARE FIRED !!!

      Kim - 2012-04-03 18:52

      Consider Pitsi fired. All talk no action

  • Sonja - 2012-04-03 18:52

    Limpopo doesnt need cops, it need a nuke!

      Vernon - 2012-04-04 11:56


  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-03 21:01

    It's really great there are all these cops out for the long w/end but look at the stats. No more/less people die on ZA roads than at any other time during a single year - it's just averaged out. Slow news week-end so you get to hear more about it. So where are these 1000 cops the rest of the time?

      Warren - 2012-04-04 11:53

      Exactly what I was thinking, why does Pitsi Moloto only threaten to get them off their fat lazy butts over long weekends & school holidays.

  • brianmacza - 2012-04-04 06:34

    Depending on their integrity levels (and based on JMPD and EMPD - not so much) this headline could read "1 000 traffic cops for Easter pillage"

  • Willie - 2012-04-04 09:24

    It is good hope tey do it visable and create safty that way, please monitor Trucks as their speed limit is 80kp/h, Buses & Taxi's at the speed of 100kp/h. Cops should also stay clean this weekend of taking "SPOT FINES" we al know the story.

  • Abdul - 2012-04-04 10:01

    Just drive safely, and we ALL will have a great Easter. Before getting on the road go look at the website fatalmoves dot com

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