Daily Archives: December 30, 2016

5,000 VEHICLES BANNED FROM SOUTH AFRICAN ROADS THIS MONTH

Since the start of the festive season on Dec 1, traffic law enforcement officers have suspended 5,349 vehicles from South Africa’s roads, while another 2133 were impounded.

Over the Christmas long weekend alone, from Dec 23 to 27, they suspended 871 motor vehicles and impounded 154, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said here Thursday, adding that the vehicles were discontinued or suspended for being not roadworthy until all the identified defects had been fixed.

RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said that for the vehicle to use public roads again, it must be taken to a testing station to be examined and passed as roadworthy before it can be operated.

Zwane advised motorists to avoid inconvenience by ensuring that their vehicles are in a roadworthy state before embarking on their journeys at the end of the holidays.

Tyres, wipers, brakes and steering column must be in a proper and functioning state. Windscreens must be free of major cracks and the car should not emit excessive smoke, said Zwane.

Motorists are further advised to avoid excessive overloading of goods as this may lead to the impoundment of motor vehicles.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

REMAINS OF SOUTH AFRICAN SOLIDER KILLED IN DRC BROUGHT HOME

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it is preparing to receive Friday the remains of the late rifleman who died in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week.

Moalosi Albert Mokhothu, 27, died during a gun fight with rebels while serving as a member of the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Congo (MONSCO) which is responsible of ensuring peace and stability in the eastern part of the DRC.

The SANDF will receive and hand over his mortal remains to his family on Friday during a ceremonial parade that will be held at Air Force Base Waterkloof (near Pretoria). The acting Chief of the SANDF, Lieutenant-General Zimpande Msimang, accompanied by the Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant-General Lindile Yam, will officiate as the main functionaries during the ceremonial parade, SANDF Spokesperson Brigadier-General Xolani Mabanga said Wednesday.

Mabanga added that the SANDF would inscribe his name on the Wall of Remembrance and acknowledge him as a hero who paid the ultimate price while contributing towards peace, stability and prosperity in the continent.

This gallant soldier performed duties not only for the benefit of the people of the Republic of South Africa but for the entire African continent. Therefore, his death was definitely not in vain.

Affectionately known as “Bushi” by his colleagues and friends, Mokhothu always wanted to become a successful paratrooper and to fulfil his childhood aspiration of becoming a Presidential close-protector in future.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK