JMPD rids highway of pedestrians

Police intend to clean up the streets, with evidence suggesting a threat to motorists.

FILE: JMPD has increased their visibility on the streets as part of the new project. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has confirmed authorities removed 44 pedestrians from the M1 highway as part of a new operation.

Authorities are cracking down on beggars, windscreen washers, pamphlet distributors and street vendors at intersections and traffic lights.

The focus behind the project is to clean up the streets, with evidence suggesting a threat to motorists, who have been hit by smash and grabs in hotspots.

The JMPD's Wayne Minnaar says the pedestrians were taken to police station for processing.

"The pedestrians who pose a threat to other motorists on the freeway were processed at the Johannesburg Central Police station. They were given an option of either to pay admission of guilt fine of R300 or will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court."

Last week, the the department announced that it aims to be more visible at crime hotspot areas, as authorities try to stop smash-and-grab incidents in the city.

Eyewitness News has plotted some of the locations where smash-and-grabs have been perpetrated across Gauteng, showing how widespread the problem is across the province.

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