Police stations in the Vaal and Benoni area been revealed to have the highest number of out-of-service vehicles in Gauteng. This according to data provided by police minister Bheki Cele in a reply to a DA written question in the National Assembly.
Michael Shackleton, MP and DA Gauteng shadow MEC for community safety called on Bheki Cele and the Gauteng MEC for community safety, Faith Mazibuko, to ensure the 2,170 police vehicles in Gauteng that are out-of-service are immediately attended to and brought back to their respective police stations to render essential services to residents.
This is an increase of 763 vehicles out-of-service compared to last year November when 1,407 police vehicles were unavailable.
Gauteng police stations that have the highest number of out-of-service vehicles are:
In total, there are 5,967 police vehicles operational in the province.
Cele said that his department has improved command and control in terms of fleet management, and has deployed artisans from various other garages to the problematic garages to adequately address the high number of out-of-service vehicles. The department is also using a global financial authority to purchase stock in bulk.
A situational analysis has been conducted in terms of mechanical transport to compile an operational risk and mitigation strategy to increase the number of operational vehicles available. The DA has urged Cele to ensure the current mitigation strategy that has been implemented is reviewed on a regular basis to assess whether it is yielding positive results.