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29 July 2019

MEC Lehari, As Part of 2019 Mandela Month Celebration, Increases Visibility of Law Enforcement Through ‘Re Bona Ka Matlho' Roadblock Operations’ in NW

MEC Lehari, kick-started the campaign to make the law enforcement agencies within North West Province to be visible, especially of our roads, in earnest. And as part of 2019 Mandela month celebration, the ‘Re Bona Ka Matlho' program took a form of roadblock operations in all four districts of the North West.

To date the MEC has successfully led the operations in all the four District, from Dr Kenneth Kaunda, to Bojanala, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati and ending in Ngaka Modiri Molema. The operations were undertaken jointly with other law enforcement agencies in the Municipalities, SAPS, SARS, Department of Agriculture's Bio-Diversity and Home Affairs' Customs, respectively.

It is during these operations where compliance with road rules and regulations as well as payments and collection of outstanding fines was under spotlight. MEC took turns to engage with all road users stopped, giving them safety tips, distributing licence disc holders, key holders, pamphlets, stress balls and other goodies to motorists and passengers.

All those found to be on the wrong side of the road rule and the law were fined accordingly, some vehicles were impounded and some drivers were taken in for alcohol testing as well as arrested immediately for wrong doing. Over a thousand cars were stopped, some were searched for illicit drugs, some whose vehicle registrations were dubious had to be verified first and in some instances those transporting goods and carcasses of wild animals without permits had to wait longer periods of time for verification of documents. Foreigners who did not possess the necessary permits and identifications also were booked into the nearest police cell whilst processes to verify them was undertaken.

Unfortunately, some elements of road rages and bullying of law enforcement agencies was experience live in the process too. Luckily the MEC was there to intervene timeously as the white fellow whose wife phoned him after being stopped on the road with illegally fitted neon front lights, drove in and arrogantly disposed of himself abusively to the law enforcement official who maintained their calm.

“We will continue with these joint law operations until the end of the month and beyond, targeting the Bojanala Platinum, Ngaka Modiri Molema and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Districts". Said MEC at the start of the operations in Matlosana.

MEC Sello Lehari has urged passengers during the last roadblocks operations, for the Mandela Month of July, in Mafikeng to; "be patient as this is assisting in minimizing accidents and anger in our roads. The lives of our passengers are important too and it will be good to exercise patience during these roadblocks."

MEC Lehari uttered this statement after some of passengers complained that they will be getting late to work due to the massive and unexpected early morning Joint Law Operation. The impact so desired has indeed being demonstrated, visibility is being witnessed, no doubt.


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