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Six people were killed and 25 injured, 10 of them seriously, in 15 road accidents in Maputo last week, compared to seven accidents in the same period last year. Of the casualties, 13 were pedestrians, one the victim of a car crash, and one a passenger who fell off the vehicle in which he was being transported.
Speaking yesterday at the usual weekly round-up of police activities, spokesman for the country’s capital, Orlando Madumane, said that the increase in casualty cases was worrying police authorities. The police called on both drivers and pedestrians to take more care on the roads in order to reduce the number of accidents and prevent loss of life, Mudumane said.
Regarding crime, the spokesman said that 77 individuals were arrested in 66 separate criminal cases. Of these, 47 were against property and persons, and four against public order and tranquility. Of the 77 cases, 58, or 88 percent of them, were clarified.
In the period in question, Traffic Police inspected 2,304 vehicles and seized 19 for various irregularities. In total, 1,973 drivers received notices of fines. Of the 127 drivers tested for alcohol, 49 were found to be intoxicated and were fined, and 27 driving licenses seized.
Meanwhile, on Saturday 22 July, Mozambique Customs at Maputo International Airport seized US$21,650 of undeclared currency from two individuals of Turkish nationality, aged 51 and 48 years old. The pair were remanded to the 14th Fleet headquarters for inquiries.
Despite an overall reduction in cases, Mudumane acknowledged outbreaks of crime especially in neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city, where rapid intervention agents were already patrolling and working hard to neutralize the offenders.Source: Notícias