ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

17 JULY 2015

Metro Police Vehicle Involved In An Accident During Mayoral Escourt

On Tuesday, 14/07/2015, the Mayor of eThekwini Cllr James Nxumalo was involved in Council business which started off with a roadshow in the northern areas, where he was part of an on-going campaign to promote water conservation in light of the current drought.

The engagement began in Ballito, and then after, the Mayor proceeded to uThongathi where he took part in a public education drive at uThongathi Taxi Rank engaging with members of the community about water shortages in the area. The Municipality recently installed water restrictors which are designed to ensure continuous flow of water albeit at a reduced level. This is part of the City's strategy to ensure sustainable water supply. It is crucial for the community to understand water conversation strategies so they can support the drive to save water.

At the conclusion of the uThongathi public engagements, Mayor then travelled to Hazelmere Dam where he took part in a mass prayer.

After the prayer at Hazelmere Dam, Mayor travelled to eSikhawini to attend the memorial service of the late Deputy Mayor of uThungulu District Municipality, Mr Thulani Mashaba.

The City can confirm the accident involving a Metro vehicle, which was part of the Mayor’s team.

All the activities cited above were conducted by the Mayor, in his official capacity as the Mayor of eThekwini Municipality. Metro Police were authorised to form part of the Mayoral protection team for the roadshow of 14 July 2015. 

Metro Police provides the Mayor with additional assistance on a need basis which is largely informed by the nature of the event he is attending.

The above is not limited to Mayoral escourt but to all other senior public representatives and other deserving dignitaries as per security considerations.

Strict approval procedures by Metro Police are applied in this regard, particularly where such escourts extend beyond the eThekwini Municipal jurisdiction.

According to the preliminary report, an elderly driver of a private vehicle which was travelling in the opposite direction lost control of his vehicle after hitting a speed hump and collided into the Metro Police vehicle.

Metro Police members were treated on scene for minor injuries and are back at work.

The local South African Police Services are investigating the accident.

ENDS

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za and Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email:princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za