Major General Vuyisile Ncata, the Mandela Bay District Commissioner, is advising drivers to exercise caution and rationality during the busy Easter holiday weekend as increased law enforcement will be observing the roads, the N2 freeway, beaches, and hotspot areas to ensure that everyone has a safe Easter and makes it to their destinations alive.
As people head home for the Easter weekend and others head to church, the roads in the Eastern Cape will be congested with traffic.
At least four cases of culpable homicide were recorded during the course of the weekend, according to police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg, at Buffelsfontein, on the N2 highway, and in KwaNobuhle, respectively.
“In the first accident, a 28-year-old male died in an accident late on Friday evening, 31 March 2023. Police were alerted of the incident by the hospital after the victim had passed away during the early hours of Saturday morning, April 1. It is further alleged that the victim was involved in an accident at the corners of 11th Avenue and Buffelsfontein Road, Walmer,” Janse Van Rensburg stated.
A culpable homicide case is being investigated, and no other information is available at this time. Anybody with information or assistance about the accident is encouraged to call SAPS Walmer’s Captain Estelle Edwards at 079 520 3256.
In the second incident, it is reported that on April 2 at around 00:05 the driver of a grey Volkswagen Polo was traveling on the N2 highway heading toward Stanford Road when he crashed the bridge, causing a 31-year-old man to die at the scene.
According to Janse Van Rensburg, on April 1 at around 23:20, SAPS KwaNobuhle members saw a gathering of locals near a blue Volkswagen Golf while they were on patrol in Sigila Street, KwaNobuhle. Further examination led them to discover a person trapped beneath the car.
The required team members were enlisted to help, and the body of a 30-year-old man was found. There is no more information available. Anybody with knowledge on the accident or who can offer assistance is urged to call SAPS KwaNobuhle Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Plaatjies at 079 496 4691.
“A fourth case of culpable homicide was reported on Saturday, 01 April 2023 at approximately 20:00. SAPS Kabega Park were alerted by the hospital of the death of an accident victim who had been brought in for treatment,” said Janse Van Rensburg.
She continued by saying that the male, 31, is reported to have been engaged in a motorcycle collision on the N2 freeway close to Blue Horizon Bay. There is no more information available. Anybody with information or assistance on the accident is encouraged to call SAPS Kabega Park at 082 442 1282.
Janse Van Rensburg stated that after formal identification is completed, the names of all the deceased would be disclosed.
Major General Ncata is issuing a warning to the public and drivers, saying that during this holiday season, police will not accept careless or negligent driving, drunken driving, or anyone putting the lives of innocent bystanders in danger.
“Police visibility and joint operations will be held in hotspot areas in the metro and those found flouting the law will be arrested and detained,” warned Ncata.