Traffic staff ready for action

WITH Australia and Brazil already in South Africa for the World Cup KwaZulu-Natal yesterday unveiled a team of 45 specially trained road traffic law enforcement officers.

The officers showed off their skills at a special passing out parade in Pinetown, west of Durban. They received special training on how to deal with or control crowds during the tournament.

The officers underwent two weeks of tough training.

They will be joining hands with the South African Police Service, SANDF, Metro police, Correctional Service and health's emergency services.

One of the trained officers, S'thembiso "Shush" Ndlovu, said they were honoured to receive such training. "We have been hard in the training for two weeks.

"And it will also assist us beyond 2010 to ensure that there is nothing that affects the community."

Ndlovu said they were qualified traffic officers who were also equipped with crowd control management skills. He said the new training would help them as they deal with taxi operators on a daily basis.

Addressing the parade, MEC for transport community safety and liaison Willies Mchunu said he expected only "good work and professionalism" from the law enforcers.

He said officers should remain ambassadors of crime prevention and ensure that they position the province as favourably in both the local and international community.

Mchunu said he remained aware of the legacy that the World Cup tournament would leave behind and that after the 2010 tournament, all officers would have acquired experience to be used in their normal operations.

"More than 300 men and women in uniforms will be based at the Joint Operational Centre, the Venue Operational Centre as well as the Temporary Base in Marienville where they were trained."