National 15.8.2016 12:13 pm

Metro police improve road safety for learners

Pupils at Mathaga Primary School in Soshanguve have been trained to become traffic controllers. Picture: Pretoria North Rekord.

Pupils at Mathaga Primary School in Soshanguve have been trained to become traffic controllers. Picture: Pretoria North Rekord.

The initiative is believed to have helped to combat road accidents involving learners.

Metro police have partnered with schools in Soshanguve, in Pretoria, and surrounding areas to improve the safety of pupils on the roads, reports Pretoria North Rekord.

The project, which started earlier this year, has seen officers teach learners traffic control skills.

Pupils from Mathaga Primary School in Soshanguve Block L were among those being trained.

Pupils from Mathaga Primary School in Soshanguve, do a control traffic drill. Picture: Pretoria North Rekord.

Pupils from Mathaga Primary School in Soshanguve, do a control traffic drill. Picture: Pretoria North Rekord.

Andrew Nemigwambe, a teacher at Mathaga Primary School, said the initiative helped to combat road accidents involving learners.

He said the knowledge the learners received protected them on the road.

The training has qualified Lebogang Molefe to become a traffic controller. The 15-year-old said: “I now feel safe, and my fellow brothers and sisters are no longer hit by cars.”

Commuters in Soshanguve Block L also said they benefited from the programme. Ntiyiso Mabunda said he felt safe on the road where pupils controlled traffic. “As the community we feel safer and we thank motorists for respect the controllers,” Mabunda noted.

Caxton News Service

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