IN attempts to improve police visibility in rural and urban areas in the Eastern Cape Province, MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, handed over 47 police vehicles to be distributed in various clusters at an event held in Maluti Civic Centre on Tuesday.Mount Fletcher cluster commander, Nompumelelo Majikijela and other cluster commanders received vehicle keys from Tikana at the event. Tikana called for the police to look after the vehicles and not to misuse them. Tikana handed over two vans to the Mount Fletcher cluster, eight to Aliwal North, 11 to Cofimvaba, three to Mount Ayliff, three to Mqanduli, three to Mthatha, four to Port St Johns, 12 to Queenstown, and two to the Elliot SAPS. “The handing over of police vans will reduce crime in the province and will make sure that people are safe in their areas. The country is approaching general elections next year, and we are anticipating lots of community protests, so police will have to use these vans to respond,” said Tikana.Tikana said that Eastern Cape Government has agreed that all police vans must switch-on blue lamps at night for people to feel safe in their areas. She warned shop and tavern owners who operate without licences that they will face the hand of the law.Tikana condemned the recent attack of five men that were accused of stock theft in Mount Fletcher and asked police to work together with headmen and traditional leaders to end mob justice especially, in rural communities.Chief Nceba Makhoba of Makhoba village in Matatiele thanked the government initiative and asked that horses be distributed in Matatiele Police Stations to fight stock theft especially in mountain areas. “Stock theft is very high in Matatiele and we need horses assist in the search for stolen stock in the mountains. Matatiele has had old police vans for so many years and I urge police to use the vans for good purposes” said Makhoba.The delivery included three 16-seater buses, 41 LCV Nissan Hi-Riders and two LCV Ford Rangers. Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga said that police vans will be used for community services, rural safety, detective services, support services, communication services as well as by public order police.