Johannesburg Metro Police Department to unleash "more than 390 traffic officers" during Carling Cup
Posted: 24 July 2017 Time: 14:57
Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo has warned Carling Black Label Champion Cup fans that almost 400 traffic officers will be unleashed on the roads around the FNB Stadium this weekend in order to weed out any drunk drivers.
This year’s Carling Cup encounter between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 29 July at Soccer City, with kick-off at 15:30.
However, any supporters who were planning on getting out of hand on the roads best think twice, according to Nxumalo.
“I always talk about arrests, [but] today I’m not going to mention anything about arrests,” Nxumalo told the media at FNB Stadium during the Carling Black Label Cup press conference.
“The mandate of Gauteng law enforcement agencies throughout the departments is to make sure that Gauteng remains a safe and secure province to all residents and to everyone that’s in South Africa and Gauteng.
“Everyone will be coming to the [FNB] Stadium and we know that they’re going to enjoy it [the game] but we are worried about people; people are not behaving enough [and] that is why we are here and now it’s even worse because there is crime.
“After you’ve watched the game and your team has won and you go out of the stadium and your vehicle is not there. It is a serious problem.
“That is why as traffic [enforcers] in Gauteng this year we decided to deploy more officials, more and more officials so that people may enjoy themselves inside and when they go out your vehicle is still safe – that’s our mandate, that’s our duty: to make sure that everyone in Gauteng is safe, especially when it comes to crime.
“And drinking and driving; People are drinking and are still drinking and driving. We are going to deploy more than 390 traffic officers that are going to make sure that no one is going to exit the stadium and kill himself or herself out on the road.
“We are worried about people that are dying on our roads. People are still driving reckless after the stadium. We are worried and everyone knows that people will enjoy, but not responsible. We are saying: ‘Drink, enjoy yourself, but just be responsible and you going to save your life and other people’s lives’.