Windscreen washer worries

The photograph taken by EMPD and sent to the NEWS as proof that no windscreen washers were at the intersection at the time of the survey

Dear Editor – I think you are the only way to help regarding the windscreen washers at the intersection of Stoneridge Drive and van Riebeeck Avenue, next to the Greenstone Shopping Centre.

I arrive at the above mentioned intersection four times a week between 7pm and 8pm.

The windscreen washers, usually a team of four, harass motorists who pull up to the robots.

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All four windscreen washers approach the vehicle, especially if it is a woman, and try pull the windows down or harass the person verbally.

I have noticed how vehicles just go through red robots to avoid the windscreen washers.

In many ways this situation is getting more dangerous.

Around 11.30pm they leave the intersection to go to the BP garage where they beg for food.


EDITOR’S COMMENT – Media liaison officer of the EMPD Inspector Kobeli Mokheseng, commented as follows:

We attended the intersection and conducted a survey with regards to the below complaint between Friday, February 3 and Tuesday, February 7.

We attached a photograph, taken at the Stoneridge Drive and Van Riebeck Road’s intersection, as proof that the windscreen washers harassing motorists and members of the community were nowhere to be seen in Ekurhuleni.

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Since we are on duty 24 hours, seven days a week, on a three shift system (6am-2pm, 2pm to 10pm and 10pm to 6pm) we will continue to be on a lookout and monitor our area.

Complaints of harassment from windscreen washers in Ekurhuleni can be reported to the EMPD’s call centre on 011 458-0911.

A second request for comment was sent to the EMPD requesting further comment by February 17 at 10am.

At the time of going to print no comment had been received.

Stephan Lehman

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