Vehicle shortages could hamper service delivery in Lwandle

2018-11-08 06:01
One of the Harare Police Station vehicles being used by Lwandle police as the result of vehicle shortages at the latter station.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

One of the Harare Police Station vehicles being used by Lwandle police as the result of vehicle shortages at the latter station.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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The shortage of vehicles at Lwandle Police Station has resulted in the station borrowing cars from Harare Police Station.

The cars can be seen moving up and down in the community when police are conducting their daily duties.

It is believed that the station’s vehicles are old, while others are parked in the garage waiting to be repaired. Currently, the station has 12 registered vehicles, many of them with thousands of kilometres on the clock according to deputy provincial police commissioner Major General Mpumelelo Manci.

The vehicle shortage issue was also raised with Parliamentary Portfolio Committee chairperson Francois Beukman by community leaders on a recent visit to the station.

Both Beukman and Manci agreed this was an urgent issue that needed attention.

Sergeant Mothokozisi Gama, Lwandle police spokesperson, admitted the station has been using Harare vehicles to boost service delivery to the area.

“The office of the Lwandle station commander confirms that the station has borrowed two Harare vans to assist in providing services to our community, as our vans were in for repairs and service,” he said.

Gama would not divulge the number of vans the station currently has, but said: “We recently received back some of the vehicles, and we will continue to render our services to the community.”

On the issue of vehicles, Beukman said: “The deputy provincial police commissioner is going to look into that to ensure it is dealt with. I think there’s a dilemma, in that several of their vehicles have been boarded because of the high number of kilometres the vehicles have covered.

“So from the portfolio side we want to ensure citizens there is a maximum number of vehicles available for visible policing. If a member of the community of Lwandle or Nomzamo calls, and there’s no vehicle available, it also affects the ability of the police to elicit trust from that community.”

Beukman added that the Portfolio Committee was also expecting a report from Manci on the plans which will be put in place to ensure there are enough vehicles available to service the community.

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