Mind your attitude, roadblocks are helping you - JMPD

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) says that it is important for roadblocks to be conducted in the city to ensure the safety of drivers and to combat crime.

We don't enjoy having to go and stop and do all these things to inconvenience people. But unfortunately as the police, we are forced to do them because we have seen a trend where people will follow you until your house

Edna Mamonyane, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson

JMPD spokesperson Edna Mamonyane says that criminals use the freeway as a "free ride" after they have committed crimes, and the presence of roadblocks in some of the city's busiest routes aims to catch these criminals.

You will be shocked at what we find in these vehicles

Edna Mamonyane, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson

Mamonyane says that metro police have had encounters in roadblocks where they have found weapons, and have been alerted to the possibility of drivers who have been hijacked by criminals.

We will look after you, law abiding citizen of this country, but you have to help us to be able to do this. We want to search your car. If you have nothing to hide, why do you have a problem?

Edna Mamonyane, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, Mamonyane says that motorists should cooperative fully with authorities when they have been stopped at roadblocks, because these kind of operations are done for the good of citizens.

Listen to the conversation below:

Listeners on #NightTalk called in and shared their thoughts on the value of roadblocks on the city's roads:

If you've got nothing to hide, then I don't understand why people don't want to stop. I was recently kidnapped, and the guy who kidnapped me tied me up and put me in the boot. I remember it so much, praying that there's a roadblock somewhere, hoping that he gets stopped, hoping that someone opens the boot. But that didn't happen... If I was in a situation where there was a roadblock, I would have been saved by that roadblock. So I honestly think people should be patient and let the cops do their job

Belinda in Johannesburg

About two weeks ago we were at a church for an evening service... All of a sudden these guys rush in to the church. Six guys, in balaclavas, all holding guns. They get in, command all people to lie on their faces. They collect bags, they collect keys... They get out there and steal two cars. There was a roadblock out there, and they got stopped. When they got stopped, the report we got from police is that one of them refused to stop. He sped off, and then the police followed him, and eventually he crashed into a house and destroyed that car. Its an indication that if they don't stop (at a roadblock), they've got something to hide

John in Sandton

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