The Randfontein Traffic Department once again held a roadblock between 9am and 12 noon today (Tuesday, 31 October) – but this one was different.
Randfontein Traffic Chief, Kenny Mapondo, invited the Herald to see who was involved, and why. Chief Mapondo said the Gauteng Traffic Police, the Gauteng Road Safety Department, Sibanye Gold, the Home Affairs Immigration Department and Toyota were all there.
Others participants included the Randfontein Police, Community Safety from the Rand West Local City Municipality, the Motion Perfection Industry with their different traffic lights, Sizabantu Home-based Traditional Healers, Westonaria Traffic Department, South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) from the West Rand Gauteng Region and the Randfontein Taxi Association, Community-based organisations and the Road Accident Fund.
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Superintendent Dolly Sephakwe-Lethoko, the Commander of Operations and organiser of the roadblock, introduced the Herald to the different stakeholders. Patrick Keet and Babalo Mninzi from Home Affairs’ Immigration Services, told the Herald that they had already arrested three illegal immigrants. Hannelie Conradie from the Road Accident Fund told us what to do when you are a victim of an accident.
“You do not need a lawyer, you can claim straight from us,” she said.
The Sizabantu Home-based Traditional Healers did free HIV, blood pressure and sugar tests and also handed out condoms. The Randfontein Police said they were there to search vehicles and look for drugs, firearms and motorists under the influence of alcohol.
Jeje Legoete, the MMC for Public Safety, had the honour of handing out six baby car seats to motorists that did not have any. They were extremely grateful for the gesture.
Sibanye Gold Mines’ message was clear:
• Stop at every stop street and traffic light
• Do not speed
• Do not text and drive
• Look out for pedestrians and cyclists
• Do not drink and drive
Chief Mapondo gave the following message to the community: “October was Transport Month and we did a lot of projects in which schools, pedestrians and motorists were informed and educated about road safety. There was also lots of activity from the Social Crime Prevention division”.
He continued by saying that reducing the amount of road carnage is a long and protracted struggle. “We want everyone to work together and play their part to prevent accidents”. He was pleading with the community to comply with the road regulations and now that the Festive Season is drawing closer, to be very vigilant.
The number of arrests and traffic fines will soon be available to the Herald.
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