- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says that South African motorists can expect permanent roadblocks
- This comes as road safety campaigns intensify ahead of the festive season
- The Minister recently checked in on operations in Mpumalanga, observing motorist compliance
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has warned that road safety campaigns are set to intensify.
Motorists travelling to holiday destinations can expect permanent roadblocks, with Mbalula commenting that:
"We are going to intensify the campaign. There will be permanent roadblocks in the hotspots."
The Minister recently joined Mpumalanga operations on the N4 just outside of Belfast in a bid to check motorist compliance.
Mbalula along with Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane had handed over a consignment of 60 new vehicles to the provincial authorities.
The minister noted that there currently aren't restrictions on travelling amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.
However, Mbalula said that those who are travelling will still need to comply with road laws:
"Those who are found with alcohol without any merit of license... it will be confiscated and they will face the consequences."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called for caution shortly after learning of Mamelodi Sundowns defender Motjeka Madisha's passing.
While there were no official reports indicating that alcohol was involved, Mbalula posted the following:
"Don't drink and drive, please South Africa."
Mbalula may not have directly named Madisha in his post it didn't prevent Mzansi speculating that the soccer icon's death had served to inspire the post.
Take a look at just a few responses to Mbalula's comments below:
@GbooiMolesedi: "Wena don't loot and smile."
@TboozeSA: "Maybe more harsh penalty, if you're caught, will discourage people from doing so. Maybe suspend Licence. After 3rd time they should get a prison sentence."
@ShirneenMadhoo: "Please tell them, Minister... They don't listen... We tired of saying RIP every weekend."
@LeeLinduyise: "Its terrible to be hit by a drunken driver while you are sober as a judge. Offenders must be imprisoned for 25 years if found behind the wheel drunk."
@MissB20_10: "We're a very reckless nation Mbalula I think our Metro police officers should also stop taking bribes from drunk drivers, and harsh sentences for drunk drivers need to be implemented in this country otherwise we will preach this gospel till we grow white hair Crossed fingers."
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