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JRA launches unit to crack down on theft syndicates

The roads agency says its new unit will aim to reduce the amount of time motorists spend in their vehicles.

FILE: The JRA launched a new unit which aims to reduce travel time in the city. Picture: Vumani Mkhize.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says its new infrastructure protection unit will aim to reduce the amount of time motorists spend in their vehicles.

The launch of this new division is underway in Soweto, where the joint project with the Metro Police department will seek to crack down on theft syndicates.

The JRA's Dr Sean Phillips says the new unit will work closely with law enforcement authorities.

"It has 10 dedicated vehicles and 18 police officers who are going to focus on combating theft of road related equipment."

Phillips says copper theft remains one of the major reasons traffic lights malfunctions.

The agency says it has spent more than R1,4 billion over the past three years on road infrastructure development.