Police Minister, Bheki Cele, says security forces have been deployed at various points on both the N3 and N2 highways in KwaZulu-Natal to safeguard these important routes.
Cele has elaborated on security measures on these highways during a visit to a roadblock at the Mooi River Toll Plaza in the Midlands.
This toll plaza has been the flashpoint for attacks on trucks for a number of years.
Cele had issued a warning to those who might be planning to disrupt national roads that police are out in full force. He has visited the Mooi River toll plaza, where he monitored roadblocks.
“We made sure that we secure the N3 as you can see that most members are here the South African Police Service, the SANDF are permanent here on this troublesome toll gate. We do have some on the N2 your Thongathi Plaza and uMfolozi we are making sure that these areas are not disturbed in terms of the blockage of the road and disturbing of people that are going for holidays. The roadblocks is to check if there is no varying of crime there are quite many taxis here people going down.”
Cele says this toll plaza has been of great concern for years.
“This place is notorious not just for July even before July trucks had been burnt and people would come and block it, clearly it is not just the destruction of trucks it is the whole blockage of the economic movement. This is the busiest economic highway not just because people are going to Durban, we had to take extra care and also the lessons of July are with us those experiences we can’t undermine them.”
Cele says there is no evidence at the moment that the explosives that were recently found in Mooi River were meant to be used in attacking the toll plaza.
“We have no evidence so far that the explosives that were found here were meant for destruction of this infrastructure. They are usually used for trucks and ATMs bursting when they steal the money but we do not rule out that somebody wanted to cause some problems here. The extra caution especially on this one which we know for sure that it has been the victim of all chaos of all the time we had to be here to take the extra care.”
Cele says police will be out in full force throughout the country to ensure the safety of people during the festive season.
#sapsHQ The SAPS recovered commercial explosives in an abandoned house in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal this morning. No arrests have yet been made. Anyone with info regarding the explosives recovered today to contact #CrimeStop on 08600 10111. #MySAPSApp MLhttps://t.co/HjSLNndUwM pic.twitter.com/7Hmd95axXJ
— SA Police Service ?? (@SAPoliceService) December 18, 2021
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