Police get crime stop numbers wrong
Mbombela - The police have admitted to printing incorrect contact numbers on billboards around Mpumalanga bearing the faces of most wanted criminals.
The contact number was given as 0860-10111. The correct number is 08600-10111.
“I agree that we have made a mistake. We want to own up to [printing] the billboards, but this is inexcusable,” national police spokesperson Brigadier Lindela Mashigo told AENS.
In December last year, the SAPS placed 58 billboards countrywide at a cost of R740 000, three of which were placed in Mpumalanga.
“We have learnt that our three billboards in Siyabuswa, Msogwaba and Nelspruit have an incorrect crime stop number printed on them,” said Mashigo.
Mashigo said the SAPS could not correct the mistake because their contract with the service provider had already expired.
“Our contract with the subcontractor for the billboards has already expired so it’s up to them to decide whether to remove them soon or not,” he said.
He said the national SAPS office will also assess whether the billboards were helpful or not.
“But we are definitely sure that in other provinces like Limpopo it helped, because more than 500 suspects have already been locked up for committing different crimes in our country,” he said.
Mashigo also indicated that police successes could not only be attributed to the billboards, but to the media as well.
“The media also played a role in helping us find wanted suspects through radio and newspapers.
“We now advise anyone who calls us to make use of their nearest police station's number and 10 111 to access help from our police,” he said.