SAPS are set to roll-out major roadblocks across the country in December – and four of South Africa’s most notorious ‘accident zones’ have been revealed.
Fikile Mbalula has revealed that his department will be stepping up its operations to ensure that the commuter routes of South Africa are made as safe as possible for those who use them.
In an address to Parliament, the transport minister revealed there would be a higher police presence at four of South Africa’s “high accident zones” in December.
FIKILE MBALULA UNVEILS DECEMBER ROAD SAFETY PLANS
This means roadblocks, and plenty of them. A bullish Mbalula made his department’s priorities clear this week, and explained that he’ll also have one eye on the bent coppers who allow lawbreakers to slip under the radar:
“The law enforcement authorities will place emphasis on fatigue management, reckless driving, intoxicated drivers, alcohol abuse and drugs, and road rage. They will clamp down on distracted driving, dangerous overtaking, and excessive speed. There’s a spike in the use of recreational drugs – this will constitute a focal area during the festive season and beyond. “
“Last year, together with the Hawks, we arrested a lot of corrupt police officers and we will continue to do the same during this festive season. The time for bribes is over and the long arm of the law will find them. Those involved in the corrupt activities are rotten apples that taint the image of the majority.”
WHERE ARE THE MAJOR ACCIDENT ZONES IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Mbaks also listed four major highways that have been identified as ‘high accident zones’. These locations have witnessed some of the most devastating crashes, or the highest volume of incidents, over the past few festive periods. Heading into December, the following four commuter routes will be under intense scrutiny:
- N4 on the Vosman area near Emalahleni, Mpumalanga: There are high volumes of incidents involving pedestrians here.
- N2 in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal: Multiple speeding incidents have claimed dozens of lives on this highway.
- R61 at the border of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape: Fatigue is a major killer on the route.
- R71 in Mankweng, Limpopo: Village populations close to the road can lead to some grim accidents on this stretch.