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Mothiba addresses Gauteng police car shortage

Almost 2,000 police cars are undergoing repairs while another 1,560 vehicles are scheduled for maintenance.

Police vehicles. Picture: saps.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say they have a major shortage of mechanics to repair official vehicles leaving the service with 20 percent less vehicles in the fleet.

Almost 2,000 police cars are undergoing repairs while another 1,560 vehicles are scheduled for maintenance.

Provincial Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says to address this problem they have to approach the private sector for help.

"Yes, we do have challenges in the garages. Those challenges are being dealt with on a daily basis. In this province, our fleet is over 10,000 and we have under 10 garages. It is something we're working on."

ILLEGAL FIREARMS

Mothiba also said awards will now be offered to members of the public who report illegal firearms and also legal firearms used to commit crime.

Mothiba says in most murder cases reported to police, firearms are being used.

"This is a serious concern. We urge our communities to help us stop crimes committed using firearms."

He says officers are also worried about the high level of domestic violence cases that are opened and then retracted.

Mothiba says the only way police can deal with gang violence, domestic violence and other crime where a firearm is used is to remove the weapons from communities.

"The criminals keep getting these firearms and we are asking ourselves where they're getting them from."