Durban – The special road safety operation implemented in KwaZulu-Natal for the Vodacom Durban July horse race weekend has laid the foundation for continuous road safety law enforcement, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Sunday.
“We, as government, we want road safety to be maintained 24/7 – not only during Easter or Christmas. We want our police and law enforcement to be all out. We are giving you a taste of what is to come,” Mbalula told journalists at the Mariannhill Toll Plaza in Durban while giving feedback on the operation, called #LiveBeyondJuly.
The ministry was also confronting corruption in the transport industry head-on. “[This will come] from all sides, from citizenry who bribe the police and in so doing are undermining the law. This leads to fatalities on our roads,” he said.
The “wellness” of police officers also had to be dealt with, which included training.
"Over and above that, we also need to deal with the question of how we use information technology in law enforcement on our roads to enable the police to maintain law and order and thereby decrease fatalities,” Mbalula said.