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24 January 2019
MEC Motlhabane Led a Successful First 2019 Public Transport and Drunken Driving Weekend Blitz in Mahikeng

MEC Mokgantshang Motlhabane led a contingency of Traffic and Police official, RTMC's National Traffic Police, SARS, Customs and Nurses assigned to administer drunk driving tests. This Joint Public Transport and Drunken Driving operations were conducted on the weekend of 17 to 20 January 2019.

The operation is intended to restore the public confidence in the government and ensure a safe, secure, sustainable and reliable Public transport in especially the taxi sector.

This is informed by the sporadic taxi conflicts as well as the tensions emanating from illegal operations by private vehicles called Tambai’s. These incidents often end in violence, road closured, destruction of properties, injuries and even loss of lives all of which cause instability in the affected communities.

"To curb this flagrant violations and in response to the revelations made by minister Blade Ndzimande's call, he made during the released the Festive Season's Statistics. The Community Safety and Transport Management, especially Road Traffic Management will conduct these unannounced clamp downs and law enforcement operations frequently". Said MEC Motlhabane

The recent statistics really show a worrisome picture, especially so shortly after the successful festive seasons operations. North West remained low albeit close to 200 fatalities out of over 150 thrashes. 48 drivers were nabbed for drunken driving, 50 vehicles taken off our roads and 35 drivers couldn't produce valid driving licences. 7 foreign national's vehicles too were impounded and 8 unlicensed vehicles were discovered". Concluded a distraught MEC Motlhabane.

Similar unannounced and intensive law enforcement operations are planned for each month end in and around major towns in the North West Province.


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