Zwelitsha: Forty vehicles were handed today by MEC, Tikana and Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Ntshinga as part of enhancing service delivery amongst detectives.
The vehicles mainly Nissan double cabs are highly suited for heavy duty use and rural roads and will ensure that our detectives are at the right place and time whenever work demands.
In addition to the forty vehicles, two mobile garage units have been added to complement these vehicles with mobile repair services and eight (8) motorbikes aimed to augment rural policing.
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Ntshinga speaking during the official handover said, "Vehicles are a valuable resource which allows SAPS members to carry out their important duties more effectively. Since 2017, we have embarked on publicly announcing the distribution of new vehicles, for the public to be informed of our commitment to provide the resources required for our members to do patrols and patrols and increase our visibility on the ground."
She further elaborated on the objective of the day that the forty new vehicles and two mobile stations will ensure that our detectives across the province deliver on their mandate to undertake investigations, effecting arrests, collecting evidence and attending court to present evidence so that court can make informed decisions in each and every case.
"Motor vehicles are an expensive resource but an absolute necessity for policing. It is therefore critical that we manage this important commodity smartly and act proactively towards challenges such as road conditions, accidents, mechanical problems and general wear and tear," she said.
She warned against abuse of these valuable resource.
"The misuse of state vehicles will not be tolerated. Criminal and disciplinary investigations will be opened and investigated against those who are suspected of misusing state vehicles. The neglect and lack of maintenance will be acted upon and those responsible will be held accountable for the cost incurred or loss experienced by the state, due to their actions, warned the Provincial Commissioner.
Mec Tikana, addressing the audience parade and handover, said she never heard anyone who appreciate the work of clergy working seven days a week. "My work here is like work of a clergy and instilling confidence to electorate whilst encouraging members. "Allocating vehicles to your members is no small thing to go unnoticed. Today you are given extra ordinary wings and I expect to notice and reap rewards of deploying these resources. Introduction of those bikes is critical to us as it means you will be putting your ear on the ground. This is in line with our rural policing.
"As the Mec, I will support you, be your ambassador and champion for fighting against killing of police."
She said introduction of mobile garages will go a long way in ensuring that vehicles with minor repairs won't have to wait too long for repairs at the police garages.
"In this pilot we hope to learn and rollout to other areas," added the Mec.
She further warned criminals bent on undermining the good work of fighting crime done by Eastern Cape police they don't belong in our midst.
Some of the rural clusters received between four and six vehicles like Aliwal North (6), Elliot (4), Grahamstown (4), Mt Ayliff (6), Mthatha (4) and KwaDwesi (3). This is also in line with enhancing rural policing as well as traditional policing concept.
Chairperson of CPF in Eastern Cape, Mr Glen Gqwetha delivered a acknowledging the support for provision of resources necessary to fight crime.
Source: South African Police Service