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More than 1 400 vehicles ‘out of service’ at Gauteng police stations

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According to Police Minister Bheki Cele, there are 1 407 vehicles that are out of service at Gauteng police stations. This was revealed in the minister’s written reply to a question put forward by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the National Assembly. 

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety Michael Shackleton released a statement saying the blue party is extremely concerned about the statistics that were provided. 

OPERATIONAL POLICE VEHICLES VS THOSE ‘OUT OF SERVICE’ 

According to Cele, at all the police stations in Gauteng, there are 498 vehicles for support services which are operational, 1957 vehicles for visible policing and 1919 vehicles for detectives which are operational.

In total there are 4 374 vehicles at Gauteng police stations that are operational.

“The Minister states that 95 vehicles from support services are non-functional, 802 vehicles from visible policing and 510 vehicles for detective services are out of service,” said Shackleton.

“In total there are 1 407 police vehicles in Gauteng police stations that are out of service,” he added. 

Cele also stated that the vehicles allocated to rural safety at rural stations form part of the category of vehicles that are allocated to visible policing.

“It is worrying that Gauteng is a crime hot spot yet there are a number of police vehicles that are out service,” said Shackleton. 

‘SAFETY OF GAUTENG RESIDENTS AT RISK’ 

Shackleton said the lack of adequate police vehicles hampers service delivery and puts the safety of the Gauteng residents at risk as officers will not have enough vehicles to ensure visibility and prevent crime.

“The DA calls on both the Minister of Police and the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko to ensure that all the vehicles that are out of service are brought back to the police stations to render services to the residents of Gauteng,” said Shackleton. 

“We will table follow up questions in both the National Assembly and the Gauteng Provincial Legislature to ascertain what is meant with ‘out of service vehicles’ and when will these vehicles be operational again,” he added. 

SECOND QUARTER CRIME STATS 

On Friday 13 November 2020, Cele released and announced the second quarter crime statistics for 2020/2021. 

Cele said that between July and September 2020, 5 107 people were murdered in South Africa, which represents a decrease of 339 compared to the same period last year. 

“This is also the lowest figure for the past four 2nd quarters from 2017/2018 to date,” he said. 

Over 900 people were killed in their homes or in the homes of their killers.

“Robberies, vigilantism and gang conflicts also feature high on the list of some of the causes of murder,” said Cele. 

For more information on the recent crime stats, read: ‘Holiday’ over as Cele announces 2nd quarter crime statistics’.

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