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Metro to bolster police presence on critical roads

The increased police presence is expected to be gradual and for the safety of road-using residents.

Tshwane mayor Cilliers Brink recently announced the metro intended to increase police visibility on various “critical” roads across the city.

Motorists and residents are advised that the identified routes were in the CBD, Atteridgeville, Pretoria east, Mamelodi to Centurion, Mabopane and Soshanguve to Pretoria North.

The mayor said in his recent newsletter to residents that more metro police (TMPD) officers will be deployed to these routes but assured residents that other routes will not be forgotten.

“Most people who comment on these posts have positive and encouraging messages. Many ask: when are you coming to my area?

Others claim that service delivery only happens in townships or only in suburbs or that Pretoria North is neglected in favour of Centurion, or ask when the mayor is coming to Centurion.

The answer is that I have been to all of these places, and I continue to go to each of them. Our mission call is to build a Capital City that works for all of its people.

This focus does not mean that other routes will not be attended to, but focusing on the critical routes is a way of maximising impact, productivity and performance. Control of critical routes is also a key to effective municipal policing,” Brink said.

The metro recently launched an urban management plan to improve service delivery to public spaces such as parks, key buildings and cemeteries.

The mayoral team and city officials even took to cleaning up and maintaining cemeteries in Pretoria east and Atteridgeville in preparation for the upcoming Easter.

The public spaces on the list included Atteridgeville, Heatherley, Silverton, cemetery in Simon Vermooten Road and the Daspoort tunnel.

“The work in Atteridgeville coincided with the Tswelopele clean-up operation in Moroe Street, where the team collected waste and cleared illegal dumpsites with the support of various stakeholders,” Brink said.

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