“I have been extremely saddened after the death of the two young children. This has to be one of the most barbaric incidents I have ever come across and I cannot stand by idly while these heartless killers roam the streets.”With the help of corporates and individuals, the reward has since grown to R250 000.
“The response has been overwhelming,” said Macpherson. “With many appalled this could have happened to this family.”The police, however, are yet to make any arrests.
“Coincidentally, we were talking about the attacks when it happened,” said Singh. “I heard a loud explosion and there was glass everywhere.”Singh stated that they had approached the metro police for assistance, but the officers did not investigate. No surprises there.
“I have not reported the matter to police because I don’t have faith they will find the suspects,” he said.
“The police need to act now,” he said. “They cannot sit and wait to collect bodies.”The deaths last month sparked discussions about covering our bridges over major freeways with fences. SANRAL, however, have said this just isn’t possible. We have thousands of bridges crossing the national highways in our country. To cover them all with fences, to prevent hooligans from casting rocks from them, would require sufficient capital. Though we are loathe to agree with SANRAL, who wasted so much money on the e-toll debacle, they have a point. Putting fences or screens up on all our bridges won’t prevent these criminals from just casting their rocks from the embankments on both sides of the bridge. What we need, then, is better law enforcement. To make a contribution to the reward, contact Macpherson on 083 776 0202 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have information regarding this crime, contact either Macpherson or the Umhlali Police Station at 032 947 990.
“Deployment of road rangers to monitor movements on bridges including potential threats and perpetrators, installation of surveillance cameras as well as flood lights on affected bridges will save lives as part of eradicating the heinous phenomenon.”He further stated that the incidents require immediate and drastic action, in order to send ‘an unequivocal message to perpetrators.’
“A task team must be established to ensure that no effort is spared to ensure the safety of road users whose lives are threatened by mindless and heartless anarchists who have no regard for human lives.”The SAPS have urged victims to report any incidents which may occur. They have also advised drivers to switch lanes, if safe and convenient, just before passing beneath a bridge. If an incident should occur, they have advised drivers not to stop their vehicles, but to continue onwards toward the nearest place of safety. Since then, Deputy Mayor of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, Fawzia Peer, has stated that actions have been taken. A directive has been given to the Transport Authority to erect steel cages on the bridges around the city. They will also be installing surveillance cameras.