Thirty-three south African traffic officers died of covid related complications over the festive season
London Jan. 22, 2021 (AltAfrica)-In South Africa, thirty-three traffic officers have died of COVID-19-related complications over the 2020 festive season and more than 500 have so far tested positive for the dreaded virus
This was revealed by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula when he released the festive season statistics on Friday.
We must also remember the unsung heroes and heroines, the traffic officers who succumbed to COVID-19 in the line of duty, and all other colleagues who are no longer with us. Our hearts are bleeding and our spirits broken for this devastating loss. https://t.co/l5XJk3QfL1 pic.twitter.com/hK08snxsU9— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) January 22, 2021
Mbalula said the isolation of staff together with the Disaster Management regulations, severely curtailed the department’s ability to undertake its usual face-to-face road safety programmes.
Despite the limitations, more than 4, 400 motorists were arrested for offences that include driving under the influence, excessive speeding, violation of operating permits and the possession of false documents.
— Road Traffic Management Corporation (@TrafficRTMC) January 22, 2021
Earlier this month, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said the coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on its members as the country battles the second wave of infections.
National Police Spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said more than 300 police officers have succumbed to COVID-19-related complications while many others are in hospital or isolation. Minister called on the police to enforce regulations.