The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is calling on the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko to ensure the safety of cyclists and athletes on Gauteng roads.
This follows the brutal attack of a Springs local cyclist , Lucky Mokone who was attacked while cycling in Springs and was seriously injured.
This is one of many incidents where opportunistic criminals are increasingly targeting cyclists and athletes, yet the department is not doing enough to ensure their safety.
The DA calls on MEC Mazibuko to ensure police visibility and an increase in road patrols, especially along the hot-spots routes.
We also urge cyclists and athletes to ride and run in large groups and to ensure that no one is isolated during the training races.
Furthermore, we call on both MEC Mazibuko and Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR), Mbali Hlophe to urgently develop a safety plan to ensure the safety of cyclists and athletes. The routes used by cyclists and athletes are mostly known and should be patrolled on a regular basis.
The DA will also be tabling written questions to both MEC Mazibuko and MEC Hlophe to ascertain what safety measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of cyclists and athletes on our roads.