An increased number of people with illegal firearms and drugs have been arrested by the police in the Mangaung Metro since the beginning of the festive season. This is according to the Free State MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini. Mashinini says criminal activities usually increase during the festive season, and they want to assure the community that they are currently working on ensuring that residents are safe.
“We do not want criminals in the province. We want community members to have a nice and safe festive season. That is why we are leaving no stone unturned. We have been to Phase 6 and Batho location this morning and we have apprehended people with firearms. There is nobody that is going to terrorise the communities here,” he said. Mashinini appeals to residents to report any criminal activities.
He says they may even report these crimes anonymously. He also appeals to Free State motorists to abide by traffic laws as we head toward the weekend. Mashinini says the number of patrols and traffic officers on roads has been increased to ensure that less accidents occur as we head towards this weekend.
“Lives of people have to be saved, and the government cannot do that alone. We are therefore appealing to motorists to ensure that they check their cars and ensure that they are road worthy. Remember all of us deserve to live and that is why we are encouraging our drivers to be careful, added Mashinini. He specifically appealed to truck drivers to keep a safe following distance and to drive slower than usual. He says drivers seems not to be as careful as they would like them to be. He urged motorists to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy.
Mashinini adds that the Department of Police, Roads and Transport together with the Zastron community have organised a community prayer session for this morning following a taxi and a bakkie collision between Zastron and Sterkspruit, which left 16 people dead and burnt beyond recognition in the past week. He urges motorists not to speed, to plan their trip, and drive safely as we head towards the Christmas weekend.
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