Motorists in danger as road spikes increase on R104 and N4

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Gauteng motorists’ lives are said to be in danger as cases of road spikes on the R104 and the N4 from Pretoria to Bronkhorspruit are continuously reported. 

A total of 13 incidents of road spikes have occurred over a period of 12 months along the R104 road also known as the Bronkhorspruit road in Pretoria as well as the N4 from Pretoria to Bronkhorspruit.

MOTORIST’S LIVES ON DANGER ON R104/N4 IN GAUTENG

Recently, Juandre Kidson (29) from Brits was shot and killed in front of his wife and baby on the N4 while begging for mercy for his family. His wife, Johanette, was shot in the shoulder as she fought the robbers off, who tried to grab their baby from her arms. 

The couple and their baby were driving on the Bakwena N4 towards Brits in their Hyundai SUV at night when they drove over rocks near the R512/Randburg exit.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng said motorists already do not feel safe driving at night because there is no monitoring of the Gauteng highways during the night.

According to the party, when such incidents occur the immediate reaction by a driver is to dead stop the vehicle, while some curve to the side of the road. In most cases motorists experience tyre bursts and lose control of the car, making them prone to rolling their car and dying on the scene.

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Criminals place spikes on the road during the nighttime, with the intention of robbing victims when they have to conduct an emergency stop due to burst tyres. Photo: Facebook

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko revealed that of the 13 cases of road spikes reported along the R104 road, only two arrests have been made with no convictions as the cases are still pending in court.

Mazibuko said that there have been increased patrols in the area by SAPS members. There are two operations conducted weekly and CPF members patrol the area using drones.

The DA in Gauteng said this is not enough to curb this crime as these incidents are increasing drastically and there is no 24-hour monitoring of roads.

“The DA demands answers as to when the Gauteng Traffic Police will be declared an essential service following the Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula’s public announcement in March calling for the fast-tracking of the process to declare traffic police a 24-hour and a 7-day job. The safety of motorists is under threat, and we will not rest until there is a 24-hour road monitoring of Gauteng roads.”

DA Gauteng

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