MPUMALANGA community safety, security and liaison MEC, Vusi Shongwe, has warned members of the public against treating the upcoming Easter weekend like the end of the world was coming.
Shongwe warned that excitement could result in victimisation and crime.
“We are pleading with everyone these Easter Holidays not to behave like it is end of the world. They must know that there is still life beyond Easter holidays. Pupils have to return to school, workers have to go back to work and our lives must go back where they were before the Easter holidays,” he said.
Shongwe pleaded with motorists to spare lives on the road this weekend. “Our people must obey roads rules; they should not drink and drive and should not drive cars that are not roadworthy. “Don’t go spinning cars because of Easter excitement and showing off that you are the fastest driver. We are also pleading with everyone to be safe because criminals gain power during holidays,” he said.
The MEC said provincial law enforcement officers would ensure traffic laws were obeyed.
“We have operations targeting mainly the N4, N12, N17, Moloto road, R573, N11, R23, which are used by people from other provinces when passing here, including the R40, because others are going to Moria and so on,” he said.
Shongwe warned motorists who broke rules when in townships and villages, saying officers would be stationed in some of these areas too.