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South Africa: Mpumalanga Beefs Up Traffic Law Enforcement
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Apr 25, 2014

“We want to warn motorists, who are not complying with traffic regulations, that their days are numbered and we are gradually closing in on them,” he said.

Fifty of the officers graduated from the Limpopo Traffic Training College, while the rest graduated in Gauteng in January this year. With the addition of the newly recruited officers, Mpumalanga now has 745 traffic officers.

The new college will help the province to save money, as traffic management trainees will no longer be sent outside the province for training.

MEC Shongwe called on the Bushbuckridge community to look after the college once it has been completed.

Welcoming the construction of the college, South African Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Commissioner, Thulani Ntobela, said the college should not only be used for training traffic officers, but it should also be used for training SAPS members in the future.

Echoing Ntobela’s sentiments, July Msiza, the Mpumalanga chairperson of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), said his association was grateful to the department. He also urged the community to safeguard the college.

Msiza pledged Santaco’s full support for the department’s road safety initiatives. He called on taxi drivers to prioritise road safety and avoid accidents.

At the same event, MEC Shongwe also launched the provincial Easter Road Safety Campaign, where he called on road users to curb road deaths by not drinking and driving, exceeding set speed limits, overtaking dangerously and disregarding traffic rules and regulations.

He also urged vehicle owners not to give unlicensed people or teenagers their vehicles.

The MEC said attention will be on the roadworthiness of vehicles, driver fitness and overloading, especially of vehicles travelling to various ports of entry during the Easter holidays.
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