KEETMANSHOOP: The Councillor for Karasburg Constituency Paulus Ephraim is sending out a stern warning to all truck drivers to stop parking or driving in the Noordoewer settlement main street.
Registering his disappointment against truck drivers who allegedly drive on the main street tarred road that is not fit for heavy duty traffic, the councillor requested the drivers to stop the practice.
He explained that the road is now damaged due to heavy trucks, he further charged that the trucks are being parked anywhere near houses in the settlement and destroy surveyed erven markings.
Ephraim also says that the tendency of trucks parked next to houses with people drinking with school girls and boys is not good, thus it should be stopped immediately.
He threatened to take the contact details of truck companies and call their management to report their behaviours if seen parked in the settlement.
“There is a possibility that they bring in drugs, human trafficking, and encourage alcohol abuse among young people. The trucks should be parked on the roadside that goes to the border and Grunau, and then the drivers can get in the settlement on foot,” he advised.
The politician also alleged that some stop signs and power lines in the settlement are damaged by such trucks.
He used the opportunity to call on all truck owners to warn their drivers not to park in the street of Noordoewer settlement.
Furthermore he warned young people from the settlement to stay away from the trucks as he suspect the use of drugs and human trafficking.
“We see girls standing next to trucks and we do not know what is happening inside those trucks especially during the night. Why should someone drive such a big vehicle into a small street when you have enough space like the service station to park it,” he asked.
Ephraim says sometimes as many as eight to nine trucks can be seen parked in the settlement in one night.
“How do you develop a settlement when the little development that is there is being hampered,” he fumed.
Noordoewer is situated about 300 kilometres south of Keetmanshoop along the Orange River.