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Vigorous by-law enforcements intensified
​EThekwini Metro Police have issued over 2200
fines for by-law transgressions in April, these
included the Nuisances and Problem Behaviour
in Public Places By-law and traffic law infringements.

​ETHEKWINI Municipality Metro Police Unit has been vigorously enforcing the Nuisances and Problem Behaviour in Public Places By-law, with 2213 fines issued during enforcement operations in April. Metro Police Superintendent Anand Maharaj said the daily operations, which have been on-going since last year, have yielded the desired results.

“We are sensitive to the needs of residents of the City and we have started visiting more areas as per the reports we receive from residents,” he said. Maharaj said this year, the enforcements had not only been carried out in the morning and at night, but around the clock in order to ensure that residents feel safe and transgressors were brought to book.

April’s enforcements led to the fining of over 200 illegal traders and 75 hawkers, he said. “We have also received a number of reports regarding public drinking on Joseph Nduli (formerly Russell) Street. Our operations led to the arrest of 54 individuals for that offence and 21 for drinking while on a public road,” he said.

Prostitutes were also arrested and fined. Maharaj said the enforcements also included traffic law enforcement. “We have noted a high number of traffic violations, and we have issued 14 fines to motorists who were found to be driving without seatbelts, 68 fines were issued for obstructing traffic, 80 for double parking, 31 for cellphone usage while driving and over 300 for an array of traffic offences,” he said.

Metro Police Deputy Head for Operations Steve Middleton said Metro Police had noted with concern the number of by-law infringements and would be taking a zero tolerance approach by initiating vigorous enforcement operations. Middleton urged residents to work hand-in-hand with Metro Police by reporting all by-law infringements to the Metro Police Emergency Line 031 361 0000. He cautioned that all people found transgressing bylaws would be fined. Middleton called on all eThekwini residents and visitors to familiarise themselves with the by-laws which are available on the Municipal website www.durban.gov.za

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