KZN police urge motorists to be vigilant

Kaveel Singh, News24

Durban – If you hear a loud bang while driving, do not stop.

This is the message from provincial police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane on Tuesday referring to social media posts by Durban resident Greg McAlindin.

In his social media post this week, McAlindin describes how his wife Elnike was travelling along the N2 near Stanger last year when she heard a "loud bang".

"She was on her way to write an exam. She called me and I told her to drive to a public spot and check out her tyre. All seemed fine at first," McAlindin told News24.

However, once she came out of her exam room, Elnike noticed her tyre was flat.

"I advised her to go to a tyre shop and have it repaired. Once this happened, we were horrified to see a hole similar to a bullet in the rim," McAlindin said.

Zwane said there were no reported cases of the incident, but warned criminals were becoming increasingly creative.

"We would like to warn motorists to be vigilant and avoid stopping in isolated areas if possible. They should rather call the police for assistance on our Crime Stop number 08600 10111."

Northern eThekwini Coastal Sector community policing forum chairperson Nazir Sadack said creative criminals were becoming common.

"As technology improves and we find new ways to stop criminals, they in turn adjust their methods of attack."

Sadack said last week his neighbourhood watch in Seatides, north of Durban, found concrete blocks purposefully placed in the middle of the road.

"This was intended to make drivers stop, thus leaving them vulnerable. We've also noted eggs being thrown on windscreens. This obscures vision once wipers come on. Stone throwing from bridges is also quite the issue."

Sadack also warned motorists not to stop.

"These distractions are meant to give them a chance to hijack or rob you. Don't ever stop. Drive to a public place or a police station. Always stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings," he said.