Cops plagued by vehicle shortages

It appears car shortages are not unique to the Pretoria flying squad. Eyewitness News...

South African Police Service officers on duty. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

It appears car shortages are not unique to the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Pretoria flying squad.

Eyewitness News revealed on Monday morning that only three of the flying squad’s 24 vehicles were in working condition.

Since then, several sources have came forward complaining of other shortages.

Sources told Eyewitness News that the situation at many of the capital’s police stations was similar to that experienced by the flying squad. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

It was estimated that at some stations, only 15% of the cars were in working condition.

A contractor, who repaired some of the police cars damaged in accidents, said that repair work was often done cheaply which led to vehicles having to be sent back to the garage again.

Despite these claims by those in the know, police management insisted there was no shortage of resources to combat crime.

The police’s Eugene Opperman said he could only comment on the allegations if he was given specific details of the station and the exact number of problematic vehicles.