Clamp Down On Drivers
Clamp Down On Drivers: Mayor Clr Mzwandile Masina, joined the EMPD at a roadblock set up on Kingsway Road, recently, in response to community violence sparked by alleged gang crime. Several individuals, purported to be “OVL” gang members, were rounded up during a special operation in Daveyton and Etwatwa, on Friday (October 28), and in the process seven suspects were apprehended for possession of drugs. “In addition, one member of the community, who threatened to hunt down and shoot gang members, was admonished not to take that route as it would exacerbate the situation brewing in the areas,” said Lieut-Col Wilfred Kgasago, EMPD spokesperson. Besides the executive mayor, it was also supported by and a member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for community safety, Clr Vivienne Chauke.
“Backlashes have come from the community, who reacted by taking the law into their own hands against the violence related to the gangsterism that Daveyton and Etwatawa have experienced in recent weeks,” said Masina. “The city cares for its citizens and does not condone illegal land invasion – which has also caused its share of the problems in these areas – and both medium and long-term plans are afoot to greatly alleviate the current housing challenges and, thus, citizens are implored to exercise patience.” Chauke promised to remove non-roadworthy vehicles from public roads, ensure that drinking and driving is seriously tackled, encouraged parents to ensure that kids are buckled up and drivers to practice considerate and defensive driving, to reduce incidents of avoidable road rage and accidents. Over and above this, more than 800 vehicles were stopped, 18 drivers were slapped with speeding fines, and 248 fines pertaining to documentation and defects were issued.