Not the usual suspects

2010-05-28 12:56

Metro officers and other law officials face a

tough task keeping up with criminals – let alone ­catching them. So, you’d think

they would drive some really fast wheels.

Surprisingly, though, the cars used in the

many different law official units are nothing fancy and are models that could be

parked in your own garage.

Other than some strobes and light clusters, the cars come standard

off a showroom floor.

Johannesburg Metro Police ­Department (JMPD) ­spokesperson Wayne

­Minnaar says whether cars are unmarked or not, it’s not the speed that counts:

“Technology is key so it does not matter what kind of cars our officers are


“They will communicate and get other officers in cars ahead en

route where criminals are heading to block off suspects.”

Down in Cape Town, street-racing youngsters have become quite wary

of the Ghost Squad unit who drive around in ­unmarked cars, making them think

twice about burning ­rubber illegally.

According to Lieutenant ­Colonel André Traut, the Cape Town team

has a multitude of vehicles that are above suspicion to clamp down on

unroadworthy cars and law-breaking motorists.

Volkswagen Golf VI

Western Cape traffic officials and the JMPD use marked and

unmarked Golf GTIs in their fleets to patrol the streets. With 155kW of power

and 280Nm of torque, these babies can keep up with any street-racer.

Hummer H3

Probably the most surprising of the bunch is the Western Cape’s VIP

­protection unit, which includes a couple of Hummer 3s in their fleet used to

transport high-profile politicians.

BMW 3 Series

Often spotted on Gauteng’s

highways are BMW 3 Series models. The SAPS also uses 5 Series


Honda ST1300

élite Ghost Squad uses Honda bikes to patrol the streets.

Renault Mégane F1

The JMPD uses the Mégane in their high-speed unit to chase


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