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Department of Public Safety joins Lenasia Action Group to clear rock on N12

Today, offici​als from the Department of Public Safety, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and Lenasia residents, embarked on a crime-prevention initiative on the N12.
The stretch of road on the N12 between Lenasia and the Golden Highway, is notorious for hijacking and robbery incidents. Criminals place rocks on the freeway and when unsuspecting motorists stop to avoid driver into or over the rocks, they are often robbed or hijacked. Reports indicate that these incidents mostly occur during night time when visibility is low.

During today’s operation, the community and City officials cleared rocks from the roadside in an effort to hinder criminals from accessing it.

The Department of Public Safety is committed and determined more than ever before to drive all criminal elements out of our City and we will work tirelessly to ensure that our residents and motorists are safe.

I share Lenasia residents' anger of having to live and drive in fear. We have intensified JMPD Freeway Unit patrolling and will use other technologies such as night vision drones to monitor the hotspots on the N12.

The City welcomes this community initiative as it echoes the Safer Festive Season campaign launched by the City on 7 December where the Department of Public Safety, other law enforcement agencies, community safety groups and members of the public join forces in ensuring a safer Joburg over the festive season.

I commend the N12 Risk Notice Team and the Lenasia community members that participated.

I urge motorists to drive carefully and to adhere to the speed limit. If there are obstacles on the road, residents are advised not to disembark their vehicles in haste, but rather to be alert of the surroundings and call for help.

Emergency numbers for JMPD is 011 375 5911 and EMS is 10177.

For more details please contact: 
Luyanda Longwe 
Stakeholder Manager: Office of the MMC for Public Safety 
061 4960 536