VIGOROUS efforts to stop the scourge of rocks and bricks being thrown at vehicles from overhead bridges was yielding positive results revealed Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer.
She said this during a meeting with members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) on 3 March. Councillor Peer thanked the 17 brave men and woman who are part of the SAPS Shongweni K9 Unit, Durban Flying Squad, Operational Command Centre and Westville SAPS for going above and beyond the call of duty to defend and protect the community from criminals.
She said the Municipality has deployed over 200 Reserve Traffic Wardens to stand guard at the City’s bridges spanning from oThongathi to uMkhomazi, and from the Durban City Centre up to Cato Ridge. “Since the increased police visibility on bridges we have had no stone throwing incidents that have been reported. The deployment of the Wardens have also received praise from members of the community. We will soon be meeting with Metrorail to discuss how we can work together to protect bridges that are owned by them,” she said.
Councillor Peer said having the Reserve Police Wardens patrolling on the bridges did not only curb the rock throwing incidents but has also curbed robberies on pedestrian overpasses.
“We are receiving positive feedback from communities that they now feel safe to walk on pedestrian overpasses since Reserve Police Wardens have been stationed there. They have managed to curb muggings and have even prevented a suicide attempt on Himalayas pedestrian overpass in Merebank, these efforts must be applauded,” added Councillor Peer.
Two people have recently been arrested for their involvement in the rock throwing incidents. One suspect who was arrested in Mayville and has been charged with six counts of attempted murder and was remanded in custody. Another suspect that was arrested on Nandi Drive has been charged for being in possession of dangerous weapons and was also remanded until he appears in court.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk