The much-anticipated and government endorsed Metro FM Music Awards (MMA) are expected to create a great hype.
While bolstering tourism in the province, particularly in the City of Mbombela, it will host the awards and other related activities this coming weekend. Traffic volumes are expected to increase as people are expected to visit Mpumalanga from other provinces and neighbouring countries.
The Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison will strategically deploy the law enforcement and other members of the security cluster. They will ensure patrons and participants are safe and that there is law and order.
MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe, is therefore, calling on all people who will be gracing the MMAs and other related festivities, to obey the rules of the road and also drive with great caution in order to avoid crashes.
“While we are all excited and looking forward to this weekend, let us use the road cautiously and enjoy responsibly. We don’t want to see any person losing their lives due to reckless driver behaviour. Roads are shared spaces. Let us all be considerate towards all road users,” says Shongwe.
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He further reminded all law enforcement officers to show no leniency against those who break the law. Those who will be caught drinking in public or driving while they are drunk that will be arrested. Liquor traders or tavern owners are advised to comply with the conditions of their licenses.
“Taverns must close and open on time unless temporary permits have been arranged with the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator,” insists Shongwe.
He further warns members of the public to be vigilant of any opportunistic criminals who may want to prey on patrons. He also appeals to communities to report any suspicious activities or people to the police. This, according to the MEC, includes those who may attempt to sell fake tickets to unsuspecting people.