Launch of 2019 Safer Festive Season Road Campaign unveil plan to keep Eastern Cape motorists safe

EASTERN CAPE The R61, the road connecting Mthatha, Engcobo, Tsomo and Cofimvaba may be the most dangerous road in the Eastern Cape but from today that will soon change for the better.

This was the message shared by the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Mr Oscar Mabuyane as Provincial government’s integrated approach to deliver road safety service to the people of this Province. The plan was unveiled during the official launch of 2019 Safer Festive Season Road Campaign that was held on the door step of R61 road at the Ngcobo Vehicle Testing Centre today, 12 December 2019.

This launch wholly supported by Eastern Cape government was attended by Premier Oscar Mabuyane, Mec Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe and Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga. A considerable number of buses, trucks and vehicles were taken to a vehicle testing centre to ascertain their roadworthiness.

During the road block that began at 06:00 today, 12 December, 347 vehicles were checked for compliance to road rules.

A total of 2238 vehicles passed through Traffic Law Enforcement System that specialises in screening vehicle operator license, driver’s license, motor vehicle license and payment of traffic fines. Three new vehicles that have these essential role were unveiled and officially handed to Provincial Traffic Services.

There launch was also attended by distinguished guests from national Department of Transport who came to offer support and share expertise.

This multi-disciplinary road block is a collaboration between Provincial Traffic, SAPS, Home Affairs: Immigration Services. It is a force multiplier bringing in resources and expertise from the different government departments.

Pamphlets were also distributed to passing motorists to warn them about road safety.

Thirteen (13) vehicles were found to be unroadworthy and taken off the road. Fifty five vehicles were issued with fines to the value of R23 700.

Thirty seven vehicles that had outstanding warrants of arrest paid fines to the value of R30 000.

Addressing the parade today Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga said, we want to see multi discipline roadblocks in order to maximise efficiency. “We will be bringing resources. Today we are here to show the Mec that she has a force.”

She used this moment to plead with the troops not to be motivated by money alone. She said the urge to help our fellow citizens and a deep sense of patriotism should be the key drive that motivates them to do their work during the festive season and beyond.

“We are patriots that will work harder to ensure the safety of our province, our people and their properties. We want to record the lowest incidents and fatalities in Eastern Cape this year and your dedication and commitment will help us and go a long way to assist us achieve that goal and noble objective,” said the Commissioner.

MEC Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe encouraged the integrated multi-disciplinary approach saying ‘we know when we work better we can do more.’

She asked the members to be diligent, impartial and professional.

“Show no mercy and pity for road rule offenders. Protect the integrity of our government and your families. You will be tested in different ways by inebriated drivers and non-compliant motorists; maintain your composure and professional conduct. Through this integrated multi-disciplinary approach we aim to minimise road fatalities drastically in our Province,” she added.

Similar multi-disciplinary operations and road blocks will be conducted all over the province to ensure safety of motorists and commuters.

Motorist are requested to be patient during the execution of these interventions as all is done to ensure their safety and that they arrive at their destinations alive.

Source: South African Police Service