SAPS launch hotline number to report rock throwing

PHOTO: suppliedTongaat Station Commander Colonel Santha Moodley (right), waits to distribute pamphlets to drivers on the N2.
PHOTO: suppliedTongaat Station Commander Colonel Santha Moodley (right), waits to distribute pamphlets to drivers on the N2.

THE SAPS, in conjunction with Metro police, RTI and other stakeholders, joined forces and held another campaign on the N2 Toll Plaza in Tongaat on February 6, to raise awareness about stones being thrown onto cars over the bridges.

The first campaign was held last month after rock-throwing incidents were reported in many parts of the province.

The officials gathered on the N2 and distributed pamphlets to the motorists to educate them about the recent incidents of rock throwing over the bridges.

The Outer North Cluster team’s new campaign is called Bika Campaign, as is an attempt to curb stone-throwing incidents that have been reported.

The cellphone number given can be used by residents to report rock-throwing incidents taking place on the road.

Police spokesperson in Tongaat, Captain Patrick Ngwane, warned motorists travelling on the N2 toll road to be careful when going under bridges.

“We urge the drivers to report all suspicious activities using the cell number that was issued by the police. They can include as much evidence as possible,” Ngwane said.

According to the police, two children aged seven and 16 died when a rock was thrown from a bridge on the N2 onto the car they were travelling last month.

The father of the children escaped with minor injuries and was taken to hospital.

This prompted government officials and community leaders to take steps and raise awareness to avoid further incidents.

The following information checklist should be used to report to the SAPS.

• Type of crime, location, time of occurrence, weapons used and number of people injured and types of injuries.

• Vehicle information: registration licence number, colour, year, model, unusual characteristics (e.g. dents, bumper stickers), number of people inside the ca.r

• Suspect information: race, gender, age, height, weight, hair colour, hair length and style, eye colour, facial hair, clothing type and colour.

The residents who witness incidents of rock throwing are advised to send WhatsApp messages to the Bika Campaign number 071 506 0788.

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