Zero tolerance drives this Easter

TOUGH: KwaZulu-Natal safety and security MEC Bheki Cele. © Sowetan.
TOUGH: KwaZulu-Natal safety and security MEC Bheki Cele. © Sowetan.

Canaan Mdletshe, Mary Papayya and Riot Hlatshwayo

Canaan Mdletshe, Mary Papayya and Riot Hlatshwayo

KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga will adopt zero tolerance approaches to criminals and speedsters these Easter holidays.

This emerged at Easter holiday road safety campaigns launched in the two provinces yesterday.

KwaZulu-Natal's safety and security MEC Bheki Cele sent a strong message to would-be offenders, saying they would not be allowed to "terrorise" holiday-makers to the province.

"There will be increased police visibility in all tourist areas, including beaches and all hot spots," said Cele.

Cele said police presence had been increased in regions of the province such as Kwa-Nongoma, Msinga and Shobashobane, where violence tended to flare up during holiday seasons.

Meanwhile, tourism bosses expect a bumper Easter holiday season for the province despite the recent monster tidal waves and gale force winds that damaged parts of its coastline.

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal's acting chief executive Ndabo Khoza said tourists could phone 0860-10 1099 for up-to-date information about the state of beaches.

In Mpumalanga, MEC for roads and transport David Mabuza and gospel diva Rebecca Malope called for people to be extra careful on the roads during the Easter holidays.

The department launched its Easter Arrive Alive campaign at Thulamahashe Stadium in Bushbuckridge yesterday.

"We must work together to stop recklessness and drunken driving," said Mabuza.

He said most people who died on the roads were between the ages of 20 and 44 and that most were pedestrians.

Malope was the only one who spoke in the local language when she was given the opportunity to greet the people. She later gave a stunning performance.

As with Mabuza, she asked people to send a strong message out to the community that drinking should be avoided, especially if people were going to travel, either by foot or by car.

"Let us be united and do the right thing so we can arrive alive," said Malope.

About 100 traffic cops manned a roadblock along the busy section of the Dwarsloop to Bushbuckridge road as part of the province's Arrive Alive Easter Plan.