A Cape resident narrowly escaped a serious accident on the road this morning when she drove over a roll of razor wire that had been laid over the road. The woman was driving along the N2 at Borchards Quarry when she ran over the razor wire.
A CapeTalk listener, the boyfriend of the motorist, described the incident, saying that the woman almost crashed her car after driving over a bundle of razor wire that had been purposely thrown into the roadway.
The caller expressed his frustration and questioned what the City is doing to address the issue. “We have that redundant traffic office two kilometres down the road. Why don’t they bring it nearer and establish a permanent police or traffic presence?” he said.
Similar attacks on drivers have been reported in recent years in the same area, with some victims even being attacked with bricks, barrels and cement blocks.
Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security with the City of Cape Town, acknowledged that security in the area is not at the level it should be, however the traffic office would not be able to resolve the issue.
“It doesn’t help to move any of the facilities, they’ll just attack wherever there is no visibility,” Smith said.
CCTV cameras are in place in some of the problem areas, but Smith says these are not fail-safe either.
“The criminals are not stupid, over time they have experimented with where the blind spots are. It’s a long road, you can’t have every square inch of it under surveillance,” he said.
Smith says the City needs more help from SAPS in order to ensure the freeways are safe for our motorists to use.