Thousands of police officers to be deployed in KZN over Easter weekend

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KwaZulu-Natal is gearing up for a bumper Easter. More than 26 000 police officers will be deployed in the province over the long weekend. Last year over 30 road related deaths were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal over the Easter weekend.

This is a death toll traffic officials want to reduce.

Thousands of police officers will be scattered around the province. “The plan focuses on the deployment of over 26 000 law enforcement personnel through the province. We are going to be focusing in areas where crime is rife. For criminals there is no space in this province. We are going to suffocate them and we are going to make sure that we leave no stone unturned,” says KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport and Safety Mxolisi Kaunda.

Durban is a popular holiday destination at this time of year. Hotels are almost fully booked. City officials also have something else to smile about. Mercer’s 20th Quality of Living survey voted it the most liveable City in South Africa.

“We are ready for different denominations, your Shembe, your Catholics, your Methodists, your Apostles church and everyone. They are gearing themselves, getting ready for Durban. Our international communities are going to be attracted because all of them want to come to Durban because it is the most liveable city and because of its warmth,” says Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Zandile Gumede.

Light rain is forecast along the coast of the province over the Easter weekend, with no rain in the interior.