MTHATHA – Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene officially handed over 42 new vehicles to the four SAPS Districts during a ceremony that was held in Mthatha SAPS Academy yesterday.
The Handing Over of the new vehicles started in the morning, with the decorum and formalities of the event. In what was the first handing over of new vehicles for the Provincial Commissioner in her term of office, Lt General Mene said, " this exercise must be seen as a commitment on the part of this collective management to achieve our goal", which was in line with her undertaking the day she took over the authority of the Eastern Cape.
A total of 42 new vehicles were handed over to the four (04) SAPS Districts, namely OR Tambo, Joe Gqabi, Alfred Nzo and Chris Hani, which were prioritized so as to address challenges of crimes, in the most rural and remote areas of the province. "This exercise is about bringing service delivery to the people and allocating resources where they are needed", asserted Lt Gen Mene.
Lt Gen Mene also issued a stern warning against the misuse of vehicles, "Needless to warn the users, on how much care should be exercised in utilizing this resource. I can only say that Commanders should discharge their responsibilities. The misuse of state vehicles will not be tolerated. Criminal and internal disciplinary investigations must be opened and investigated against those who are suspected of misusing state vehicles" added Lt Gen Mene
The day concluded with a display of the new vehicles, which were destined to various stations in the identified districts. The vehicles ranged from Double Cab LDV's, Land Cruisers, and sedans. Visible Policing received 23 vehicles, Detectives were allocated seven (7), and the specialised units received twelve (12).
Source: South African Police Service