Three lives have been lost at the hands of criminals who are placing spikes along the N4 highway; hence Gauteng MPLS has demanded the intervention on Tuesday. DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety, Michael Shackleton said out of 149 cases opened, only six arrests have been made but no convictions.
This information was revealed by the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, in a written reply toShackleto’s questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL). Shackleton said that Gauteng motorists’ lives are in danger and raises great concern about the ability of police to ensure their safety while driving at night.
“Gauteng motorists already do not feel safe considering the increased rate of crime. Not only do these roads spikes risk the lives of motorists who drive over them, motorists of oncoming traffic are also in danger should a victim swerve,”
“Gauteng Traffic Police must be declared an essential service, to ensure 24-hour policing of roads. We also demand the installation of streetlights on all our highways – for the safety of our motorists.” he said.
According to Mazibuko, criminals place spikes on the road during the night time, with the intention of robbing victims.
She said that robbers take advantage to rob them when they have to conduct an emergency stop due to burst tyres. “So far, 149 cases have been opened with regards to spike placement along the highway in the past three years to date,”
Shackleton further called on motorists to report any highway lights that are not currently operating.
“We call on motorists to report any highway lights that are not working to us via our DA GPL Twitter account or Facebook Page, where we will escalate the issue with the provincial and national department of transport to ensure that it is attended to,”
“Highway lighting is vital to security for road users during the night, and therefore the DA will be engaging with both the national and provincial departments of transport to install streets light in all our highways for the safety of our motorists.” He said.