Rock Throwing: Urgent action is needed, writes Yusuf Abramjee

There have been at least three rock throwing incidents outside Durban over recent days.
In one incident, two people were killed.
Metro Police earlier denied a second incident but I spoke to the victim and tweeted photographs. 
Calls have been made on authorities to act with urgency. Deputy Ethekwini Mayor, Fawzia Peer, has promised interventions. See statement below.
Police need to bring the criminals to book. 
There have also been some incidents around Johannesburg and authorities must also act now before lives are lost. 
Outside Lenasia on the.N12, rock throwing has been carrying on for some time. Patrols are stepped up from time to time but the criminals continue. Motorists are robbed after stopping. More needs to be done to stop this problem.
8 January 2018
In an urgent bid to stop the scourge of stones and bricks being thrown at vehicles from overhead bridges, Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer has proposed that safety barriers and closed-circuit cameras be installed over bridges in hotspot areas.
Councillor Peer, who also chairs eThekwini Municipality’s Safety and Emergency Committee said this proposal will be one of the urgent items on the committee’s agenda this year.
“We are investigating the possibility of installing safety barriers in the form of steel cages to prevent objects being thrown from overhead bridges. This cannot be done overnight as normal Council processes will have to take place and this will also depend on funding,” said Councillor Peer.
The investigation will include identifying the bridges where the safety barriers and cameras will be installed.
“We are very concerned about the increase in these incidents and wish to reassure the public that the Municipality is acting swiftly to find a lasting solution to this issue. We will be speaking to communities in areas where these incidents have occurred to work with the City and encourage them to report those that are responsible for these criminal acts,” added Councillor Peer.
A task team will be formed by the Municipality to oversee the implementation of all proposed interventions. This includes ensuring increased police visibility after conducting a risk assessment to identify hotspots.
*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador. He also heads-up #MakeSASafe

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