Multi-disciplinary police personnel have held major roadblocks in and around Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal. This forms part of the municipality’s launch of the road safety awareness campaign ahead of the festive season. Traffic police and municipal officials led by local mayor Thamisanqa Ntuli manned a roadblock on the main route to Nkandla between the P50/3 and P90, resulting in the suspension of several un-roadworthy vehicles.
Ntuli says since the beginning of the year the area has witnessed 170 crashes that caused 10 deaths.

The municipality’s traffic police led by local mayor Ntuli conducted roadblocks. A few motorists have been nabbed for operating without driver’s licences. Several cars were suspended for being un-roadworthy. Ntuli says they have to intensify these campaigns in order to save lives. He says these will be continued throughout the festive season.

“The law enforcement section is going to enforce the roadblocks. Each and every week they will be more roadblocks. It means that it will be occurring on a daily basis. We also felt that we need the Almighty we need to have a prayer wherein we invite all the pastors and bishops around Nkandla so that they go back and communicate the issues of safety.”

The interfaith community has been encouraged to also preach road safety messages in their places of worship. Nkandla local chairperson of the interfaith organisations – Alpheus Mpungose says:

“As interfaith community we must be preaching to our congregants that they must be safe on our roads. We are cursing bad spirits on our roads and we are asking God to help our communities and the motorists. We are going to take this to our churches.”

The mayor also made major announcements including projects for households to plant at least two trees, have two dairy cows and for each ward to have an economic development centre. Ntuli explains how this will help the locals:

“One home one hectare, one home two dairy cows, one home one indigenous tree, one fruit-tree. One ward, one local development centre because we don’t want to talk the walk but we want to walk the talk. What is important to us as the local Nkandla municipality is to see the lives of our people changing.”

Last week, the provincial government took the road safety campaign to the City of uMhlathuze.