MEC for Transport and Community Safety in Limpopo Florence Radzilani on Thursday launched the 2023 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign. The event took place at Ga-Mamaila, Greater Letaba Municipality, in Mopani District Municipality.
Radzilani chose to Launch the Festive Season Road Safety Campaign within the Mopani District, due to an upward pattern of road fatalities that have been reported throughout the year.
During her address Radzilani stated that the Province was anticipating high traffic volumes, during the Festive Season. This is due to the heightened presence of vehicles that will be traveling through to different parts of the Province and to neighboring Countries.
“We are making a clarion call, that all motorists should not overload their vehicles,” she said.
“They must exercise patience and restraint on the road. Take regular rest to avoid being fatigued, and don’t drink and drive” said MEC Radzilani.
LIMPOPO READY AHEAD OF THE 2023 FESTIVE SEASON
Radzilani also highlighted that the Limpopo Provincial Government is ready to deal with the festive season. They will also make it a point that Police and Traffic Officials work hard to ensure that there is safety in our roads and Communities.
After a few years of deliberation, the Limpopo government has made a decision to pursue an international license for the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. The Airport situated in Maruleng Municipality, Mopani District is also one of the busiest airports domestically.
Before COVID-19, the Airport saw over 71,000 passengers through its facilities. 75 percent of these were international tourists from Central Europe and also the Scandinavian Countries.
The majority of them land in Cape Town, and proceed to the Hoedspruit Airport. Which is the gateway to the Kruger National Park and many other attraction sites.
On Tuesday the Department of Transport and Community Safety revealed that MEC Florence Radzilani, met with Maruleng Municipality Mayor, Tsheko Musolwa. They held a chart for a way forward regarding a decision by the Limpopo Provincial Government Executive Committee, to have the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport, to be accorded an international license.
BIG PLANS FOR HOEDSPRUIT EASTGATE AIRPORT
“MEC Radzilani and Mayor Musolwa were joined in this meeting, by teams of high-profile officials. This includes from the Maruleng Local Municipality. The Department of Transport and Community Safety and the Gateway Airport Authority Limited,” said the department.
“A few years ago, as part of reinvigorating and repositioning the Provincial Economy, the Limpopo Provincial Government resolved to convert the Hoedspruit Aerodrome License into an International Operating License.
“This decision was informed by the number of passengers using the Hoedspruit Airport, annually,” they said.
HOW THE INTERNATIONAL LICENCE AT HOEDSPRUIT WILL HELP LIMPOPO GOVERNMENT
The international license is seen as an added advantage to both the tourism and agricultural sectors. Which are the mainstay of the Maruleng and also the Provincial Economy.
“A joint Technical Committee, comprising of Officials from the Maruleng, the Department and also its entity GAAL, is working on modalities to acquire an international license for the Hoedspruit Airport. The Committee will be engaging with the National Department of Transport and the South African National Defense Force. To chart a way forward in pursuant to this objective.
“Upon its logical conclusion, the Airport will create an unfettered market of international travellers into Limpopo,” they concluded.
Limpopo police commissioner Thembi Hadebe has announced a decrease in murder and rape cases in the latest provincial crime stats.
Hadebe held a media briefing on Thursday morning in Polokwane. It was also attended by the MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani.
The crime statistics cover the period from 1st April 2023 to 31st June 2023 as compared to the same period in the previous financial year
MURDER AND ATTEMPTED MURDER CASE DECREASE
In the period under review, we recorded a 10% decrease in murder cases, which is 22 cases less as compared to the previous quarter. Out of the 197 cases reported 24 were as a result of vigilantism far less than the 51 cases we recorded in the last quarter of the previous financial year, meanwhile 39 of these murder cases emanate from argument/misunderstanding or provocations. In the pursuit of hunting down the perpetrators, we therefore arrested 120 suspects for murder during this period under review. On the other hand, Attempted Murder decreased by 7.5% with 74 suspects arrested.
SEXUAL OFFENCES AND RAPE
We recorded a decrease of 0.1% in Sexual Offences and a decrease of 4.0% in Rape cases with 189 suspects arrested. We have noted with concern that most of these cases occur in the victim or suspect’s house, thereby making these familiar places to victim’s – hotspots zones.
ROBBERY AND CARJACKING
We have recorded a decrease of 28, 6 % in Robbery at residential places with 44 suspects arrested, 24% in robbery at non-residential premises with 42 suspects arrested, 9.5 % in robberies with aggravating circumstances with 47 suspects arrested. Although we collected an increase of 9 cases when it comes to hijacking, we are pleased to flag that we managed to decrease the trio’s family crimes by 21.3%.
STATS OF CRIME ARRESTS IN LIMPOPO IN THE LAST QUARTER
1656 suspects for assault GBH
1294 for Assault Common
7 for Cash In Transit Robberies
136 for Business Burglaries
244 for Burglary at Residential Places
14 for Theft of Motor Vehicles
37 for Theft Out of from Motor Vehicle
4 for Carjacking
5246 for Drinking In Public
587 for Illegal Dealing Of Liquor
A total of 9225 suspects were arrested in this Province for the wrong reasons, and 3524 illegal immigrants.
Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani, has expressed serious concern over the spate of road crashes this past weekend.
The Provincial fatalities report indicates that a staggering 25 people perished on the Provincial roads this past weekend, alone. According to the MEC Radzilani, this could be attributed to the fact that the past weekend was a busy period, as it was at the end of the month.
“Losing more than 20 precious lives on the roads in a single weekend is shocking and should be condemned in the strongest terms,” said Radzilani in a statement on Wednesday.
HUMAN FACTORS CONTRIBUTE TO ROAD CRASHES
“Reckless driving and pedestrian involvement have been cited as the major cause of most of these fatalities. There are cases of suspected drunken driving as well.
“‘All these are referred to as human factors, which include driver behaviour and conduct, and could be avoidable,” she said.
“Traffic Officials continue to maintain a constant presence on the roads, however, road safety remains the responsibility of all road users,” concluded MEC Radzilani.
LIMPOPO DR ALSO PERISH IN A VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Meanwhile, the Limpopo Department of Health has also expressed sadness at the passing of the Senior Clinical Manager of Mokopane Hospital Dr Danny Mokumo.
Dr Mokumo passed on together with a family member on Monday in a motor vehicle accident on the N1 north next to the Ranch.
He joined the department as an intern doctor stationed at Mokopane Hospital in 2015. He went on to do his community services at Thabamoopo Psychiatric Hospital. Dr Mokumo was appointed a medical officer at W.F Knobel Hospital. Due to his brilliance and diligence, he was appointed in 2018 as the Senior Clinical Manager of Mokopane Regional Hospital. Making him the youngest appointed senior clinical manager in the province at the time.
Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba described Dr Mokumo’s passing as an immense loss to the people of the province.
“Death has once again robbed us of one of our shining stars. Dr Mokumo was not only a capable young doctor, but he was a passionate doctor who loved the people. He lived, dreamt and breathed rural health.
“His passing is just too painful to even contemplate. My heartfelt condolences goes out to his family, colleagues at the entire Limpopo Department of Health. As well as friends, the gift that keeps on giving is no more,” said a devastated MEC Ramathuba.
A Traffic officer attached to the Phalaborwa Traffic Station in Mopani, Limpopo was killed after being knocked down by a car while on duty. According to the reports, a Nissan LDV Breakdown knocked down the Traffic while she was doing point duty at the scene of an accident.
The incident happened along the R71, Gravelotte road next to Kolobe Lodge on Thursday morning, 15 June 2023.
The cause for the accident could have been brake failures and overspeeding of the breakdown recovery vehicle. The deceased has been identified as a 36-year-old female Traffic Officer, Itani Robinah Ravele.
CONDOLENCES FOR TRAFFIC OFFICER KILLED BY SPEEDING CAR
Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani has sent her heartfelt condolences to the Ravele family. Ravele has been described as someone who served the Department with integrity and commitment to keep the people safe on the roads.
“We urge everyone to take extra precautions during this long weekend and follow the rules of the road,” said Radzilani.
“We also encourage everyone to continue treating our Traffic Officers with respect and always follow their instructions on the roads,” she said
In February this year, A taxi owner was shot and killed in Lebowakgomo in an apparent taxi violence incident. A Taxi owner was shot and killed in broad daylight in the Polokwane CBD on 15 April. The owner is affiliated with the Seshego Polokwane Taxi Association.
BOSSES URGED TO PUT HOUSE IN ORDER
Speaking at the media briefing to present the Limpopo crime stats on Friday, Radzilani says she has told the taxi industry leaders to stabilize the sector or face consequences.
“In my engagements with the leadership of the Taxi Industry, in the past 3 days, I have expressed to them a need to stabilize the sector. Failure to do so, would compel us to shut down their operations,” said Florence Radzilani.
“We have also recorded 2 murder cases, which are related to the operations within the Taxi Industry.
“As we count these numbers, too many people, these could be just mere numbers and statistics. But the truth of the matter is that these individuals belong to families. They also have children and parents, who are gravely affected by these atrocities.”
The Limpopo Department of Transport and Community Safety is sufficiently braced for high easter weekend traffic volumes expected in the province over the next few days.
The Transport Regulation team has already started to heighten visibility to curb infringements and encourage good driver behaviour with Pre-Easter traffic law enforcement roadblocks and speed operations on critical roads across the province.
EASTER WEEKEND TRAFFIC
Law enforcement officers will be working around the clock between the sixth and 10th of April. To maximize visibility and aid the flow of traffic. Especially on critical routes prone to congestion. These include the N1 especially around tollgates, R101, R510, R516, N11, R37, R555, R521, R524, R523, R36, R40, R71, R81, P277/1. Matlala road, some local routes, and the two border posts in the province, that is Beitbridge and Groblersbrug in Sekhukhune.
Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani has called on all road users to ensure everyone’s safety over the long weekend.
MEC Radzilani also urges law enforcement officials to continue to conduct their work with diligence. Ensure that road users follow the rules and that those who engage in criminal activities are brought to book.
“As we approach the Easter long weekend, it is our wish as the Provincial Government, that we should all arrive alive. However, road safety starts with all of us.”
“As we embark on our journeys, let us make sure that our cars are roadworthy, and we keep a safe following distance. We do not overtake at unsafe places, we do not drink and drive, and we rest enough on long journeys. Pedestrians must wear visible colours at night, and keep away from the road. Let’s all arrive alive,” said MEC Radzilani.
The MEC for the Department of Transport and Community Safety in Limpopo, Florence Radzilani, commends the swift intervention made by Police to diffuse possible taxi violence in Lebowakgomo.
Radzilani directed the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe “to ensure that no stone is left unturned, in ensuring that all the perpetrators of these atrocities, must be brought to book”.
MEC FLORENCE RADZILANI COMMENDS POLICE SWIFT RESPONSE
The MEC has applauded the Police for arresting three suspects who were in possession of ammunition that was involved in a shootout with the Police.
She has condemned, in the strongest possible terms, acts of taxi violence which have the potential to affect ordinary members of the public.
Police and medical emergency services were called to the scene. Upon arrival, they found that the suspects had already fled the scene.
During the investigation, it was discovered that one of the taxi owners, who was sitting inside his private motor vehicle sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to the injuries on arrival.
Seven people were sadly killed in a motor vehicle accident at D1399 Loskop road next to Maranata Lodge, Sekhukhune District on Sunday afternoon.
The accident is suspected to have happened when a Volkswagen hatchback collided side-swipe with a Toyota Avanza. Both vehicles lost control, overturned, and caught fire. Seven people, including the drivers of the two vehicles, were burnt beyond recognition.
ONE SURVIVOR IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
The only survivor of the accident was transported to a nearby health facility for treatment of serious injuries. Law enforcement officers at the scene cite reckless driving as a possible cause of the crash.
MEC RADZILANI SEND CONDOLENCES
Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani has also sent condolences to the bereaved families.
“We are saddened by the news and send heartfelt sympathies to those who have lost their loved ones in this tragic incident. May they be granted the strength to get through this difficult time. We also pray for the speedy recovery of the surviving passenger.
“The loss of lives on our roads due to reckless behavior by some motorists is cause for concern. We urge all drivers to be mindful of their actions at all times, for all to arrive alive at their respective destinations”, said MEC Radzilani.
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