A seven-year-old girl one of three people who have been killed on the N4 because of the continued road-spiking incidents on this road.
The names of the three victims were names were revealed in a provincial legislature response given by community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko to questions posed by the DA.
Wandile Banyini (7) and Leah Kwasha (36) both died in an accident that happened on the N4 near Pretoria in 2020.
CRIMINALS PLACE SPIKES ON THE ROAD IN ORDER TO ROB VICTIMS
Renald Lethaka (27) was also killed in an accident two years earlier caused by spiking.
According to MEC Mazibuko, criminals place spikes on the road during the nighttime, with the intention of robbing victims when they have to conduct an emergency stop due to burst tyres.
“So far, 149 cases have been opened with regards to spike placement along the highway in the past three years to date.
“Of these cases opened, only six arrests have been made but no convictions.”
‘FAMILIES CONTINUE TO WAIT FOR JUSTICE’
Mazibuko added that no convictions have resulted from the three culpable homicide cases reported at Pretoria North Police Station.
“As criminals continue to trap innocent motorists with their hazardous tactics, the families of these victims continue to wait for justice.”
Mazibuko’s responses revealed that the spiking incidents on the N4 have gone on for years.
A total of 149 cases having been reported in the past three years alone:
- 21 cases in the 2018/2019 financial year;
- 75 in the 2019/2020 financial year; and
- 45 incidents in the 2020/2021 financial year: and
- 8 since April to date.
According to Mazibuko an operational plan was developed and implemented to deploy vehicles from the Flying Squad and Highway Patrol on the N4, R104 and R513 from 6pm to 6am to increase visibility.
She added that frequent patrols are made by the National Intervention Unit and crime intelligence and informers were tasked to gather intelligence.
EFFORTS TO CURB THE SPIKING
Mazibuko said in another effort to curb the spiking a letter was written to the Director-General Department of Transport and Head of Department Roads and Transport to request lights to be installed on the affected National and Provincial roads.
Michael Shackleton MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety said in a statement on Tuesday that the DA will continue demanding MEC Mazibuko to declare the Gauteng Traffic Police an essential service to ensure 24-hour monitoring of Gauteng roads.
“Driving at night is already a risky exercise for motorists due to no natural light, and they, therefore, do not deserve any further anxieties over possible spikes that could lead to them being victims of theft, hijackings, or worse.”
[WATCH] Three innocent lives have been lost from the 149 cases of road spikes along the N4 highway, with zero convictions.
The DA has been pressuring the Gauteng government to declare the Gauteng Traffic Police an essential service to ensure a 24-hour monitoring of our roads. pic.twitter.com/5jxO5Bv7om— DA Gauteng (@DA_GPL) June 8, 2021