Security beefed up at strategic areas in KZN

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Security has been beefed up at strategic areas in KwaZulu-Natal as holidaymakers continue flocking to the province.

This is after Defence Minister Thandi Modise announced last week that the SANDF will take over securing toll roads and toll plazas following a truck blockade at Van Reenen’s Pass.

Soldiers and a Casspir armoured vehicle have been posted at the Marianhill Toll Plaza on the outskirts of the Durban metro. Holidaymakers say they welcome the deployment of law enforcement agencies on the roads.

“We left Ermelo at about 5 this morning and on the way, we passed some police including the traffic officers until we came to Mkhondo Piet Retief, we also passed roadblocks as we went down to Phongol,” says Mfihleni Msibi from Ermelo in Mpumalanga.

“We passed some police there we are really safe and even here in Durban we have seen police moving around here we are really safe, I am coming from Eshowe coming here to Durban to spend our holidays. I think so far I am safe since the unrest and I suggest that police should continue doing their job by patrolling,” says Sanele Biyela.

Meanwhile, other holidaymakers say they have looked forward to this break and hope that there won’t be problems along main routes.

“I am coming from Johannesburg I have spent two years of lockdown I couldn’t handle it anymore. I had to come to KZN to see the sun and the beautiful sea and our trip to KZN was very nice, beautiful and the traffic flow was very nice. I never had any problems on the road and we are hoping that there will never be any problems in the future because this is our best holiday destination, KZN. I think everybody should be together and be happy because we are one nation so let everybody enjoy their holidays safely, there is police on the road and people are out on the beach it is safe,” says a holidaymaker.