More Cop cars a win for Gauteng

Kate Lorimer MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety
I am pleased that Gauteng will receive 1080 new police vehicles this year to strengthen efforts in the fight against crime.

Yesterday, 130 of these vehicles were showcased at the Buccleuch interchange by Provincial Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

In 2013, the SAPS in Gauteng reduced the number of sectors in many of the policing precincts, in doing so, dealing a blow to effective visible policing.

There are still many police precincts which are unable to run 2 sector vehicles in every sector 24 hours a day.

I hope these new vehicles will be distributed to police stations across the province to address this issue in particular.

I hope this will be the case.

The National Commissioner was at pains to assure that the situation regarding a tender for the maintenance of police vehicles, resulting in less than a 50% complement of working vehicles for many months last year, has been resolved.

I am yet to be convinced.

It is imperative that these new cars are allocated where they are most needed, and properly looked after on an ongoing basis in order to maximise their value in the fight against crime in Gauteng.