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EThekwini braces for fun festive season
It was a day of fun and festivities when Mayor Zandile Gumede, hosted the Metro Police Day, launched the festive season and ended the day of with a ceremonious switching on of the Christmas lights yesterday.

The Metro Police Open Day was a thrilling showcase of a variety of crime fighting techniques used by the men and women in uniform. The public were enthralled by the dangerous duties this Unit performs on a daily basis and learnt more about what a day in the life of a Metro Police Officer is all about.

The day began with a motorcade from OR Tambo Drive on the beachfront, to the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where Mayor Zandile Gumede, launched the City’s festive season campaign, amid the splendour and ceremony of the Metro Police Day. She was joined by Honourable Mxolisi Kaunda, MEC KZN Department of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison.

Gumede said, “The functions of a municipal police service goes beyond issuing of traffic fines. They are a formidable crime fighting force. This is one of the reasons we have built Metro Police stations in townships. We will continue to increase the capacity of Metro Police because they are the People’s Police.”

Metro Police officers showcased their professionalism, skill and capacity of the Unit in dealing with all situations that may threaten the security of communities and visitors in preparation for the festive season.

The Metro Police Unit is a force to be reckoned with. This multi-talented unit is staffed with professional, skilled officers ready to tackle crime to ensure safety of citizens. The unit performed various mock demonstrations using the K9 Unit who had the crowd on their feet as the dogs tackled a ‘criminal’. The Mounted Unit that recently turned 20 years old, performed graceful manoeuvres, yet one cannot doubt their crime fighting ability. Also popular was the anti-hijacking car chase and protest scenarios performed by the Multi-Operational Reaction Unit.

Gumede added, “Police are the friends of our people and enemies of criminals. Respect the rules and our Police will respect you. Metro Police will ensure that you enjoy this Festive Season.”

The festivities carried on into the evening as Mayor Zandile Gumede switched on the Christmas lights amid much fanfare and festivity. A parade down Dr Pixley KaSeme Street with dancers, mascots and drum majorettes, attracted a crowd of people who joined in the fun.

The parade not only highlighted the City’s essential services and rich arts and culture but was an opportunity to promote the inner city precinct as a vibrant, liveable and productive economic zone.

Addressing the 2000 strong crowd, City Manager, Mr Sipho Nzuza said, the Municipality has embarked on a robust campaign to clean up the inner city and restore it to a beautiful safe haven where people can shop, do business, and enjoy the various tourism offerings.

“To achieve our goal we have looked at five aspects, namely, safety and security, dealing with derelict buildings, review of existing informal trade facilities, cleaning up the inner city and upgrading the urban realm.”

The City Hall precinct was where the action was as the City launched the festive season bringing the warmth and unity of Christmas to Durban. Mayor Gumede lit up the Christmas tree as Christmas carols were sung by the Claremont Choir. She also shared a cake and gifts with children present.

EThekwini Municipality would like to wish everyone well over the festive season. Jabula Uphephe! Enjoy and be safe.
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