Police get crime stop numbers wrong

2012-02-08 22:35

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.

  • Max - 2012-02-08 22:45

    Hi here is an idea, print the correct number on a sticker and go and stick it on the three incorrect boards. How f$%^&n difficult can that be?

      Boer - 2012-02-09 02:07

      Funny real funny. No hope for South-Africa that's forshore.

      Priscilla - 2012-02-09 04:50

      Hope the stickers have instructions on that indicates which side is up or down otherwise it might just be put upside down again.

      Janice - 2012-02-09 07:01

      This is hysterical, the intelligence is......non existant!!!

      Andre - 2012-02-09 07:49

      Is this what the police mean by "zero tolerance"?

      procold2 - 2012-02-09 08:38

      max i would have been to shy to admit to this and if i was the sap member getting the info i wouldnt even wait for stickers, i would have got in my bakkie with a ladder and a tin of white paint and corrected this without to much fuss, ridiculous to make the miske in the first place though.

      Ian - 2012-02-09 10:33

      This is what happens when you take illiterate people, give them a gun, uniform and responsibility. You can't polish a turd.

      Grant - 2012-02-09 11:20

      @Priscilla - you forgot the mention that the stickers also need instructions as to which side to press against the signboard... otherwise we will just have 3 cops walking around with "zero's" stuck to their palms!! :P

      Newsreader - 2012-02-09 13:28

      Dial 0800-weRdoff

  • Michael White - 2012-02-08 22:51

    Well done News24!! Sure I read this story about 2 weeks ago in a real newspaper?

      Grant - 2012-02-09 11:21

      Problem is, NEWS24 were trying to confirm the reports before publishing, and nobody was answering when they dialed 0860-10111 for comment!

  • Raul - 2012-02-08 23:00

    Its OK it was only three incorrect. I am indeed impressed and surprised. You should be congratulated for making such a small percentage error.I would have not ben surprised if you had only three correct.

      Renny - 2012-02-09 06:37

      We're not dealing with the sharpest tools in the shed here.

  • Bob - 2012-02-08 23:47

    A country on incompetents...!

  • rcrawle - 2012-02-08 23:58

    Only 3 incorrect suggests that they were printed by various companies. If this is the case, wouldn't it have been cheaper to just use one company?

  • Carol-lynne Roos - 2012-02-09 00:03

    Is the error not the printers'? If they were given a number of billboards to print, they should have picked up on the fact that the numbers were not the same and queried it with their client.

      Vicker - 2012-02-09 07:54

      It would have been BEE printers - no ways they can think that far ahead...

      Mthandazo Ndlovu - 2012-02-09 08:31

      Stupidity is contagious and it loves company as well,if the boss is stupid then what do you think the subordinates are?Einsteins!yeah right!

  • Thokozane - 2012-02-09 01:19

    LOL, the police is useless without the community but how does the community help if they can't get the right number. This is what happens when a tender goes to buddies.

  • Brent - 2012-02-09 01:40

    oh well!!!! it's in line with the matric pass rate

      Grant - 2012-02-09 11:32

      You just wait!!! Next year (when the required pass % drops to 10%), we will have at LEAST a 78% matric pass rate!!! How can you complain about a 78% pass rate!!??? :P

  • Bruce - 2012-02-09 05:39

    How can they be helpful with a wrong contact number?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-09 05:40

    Well arent we clever!!!!

  • Silvana - 2012-02-09 06:02

    What a bunch of congenital tossers

  • Peter - 2012-02-09 06:05

    They did it on purpose, to try to make it more difficult to catch their buddies. Mpumalanga SAPS is basically non existent, they wear the uniforms but thats about all. They are one big crime syndicate. Our local station changed the charge office number without advertising it. Amazing, must have found answering the phone too much effort.

  • Sarel Brits - 2012-02-09 06:06

    Ha ha ha 1,2,3 Block myself

  • Clifford Mays - 2012-02-09 06:41

    yip and they most prob got that num wrong aswell it is most prob 3000

  • Netshiheni Tshifhatutshedzi Tshifhiwa - 2012-02-09 06:49

    Ah guys that was jst an error ^_^

      Guy - 2012-02-09 07:46

      when a competent person has printing done, they always request a proofing, to ensure cock-ups like this do not occur.

      Vicker - 2012-02-09 07:58

      Oh well in that case it is allright...NOT. Have you asked yourself how many more criminal could have been locked up by now if the numbers had been correct? And how much of YOUR money has been wasted with this stuff-up??? YOUR complacency is the reason for OUR country fast becoming a corrupt, incompetent sh1t-hole...

      Grant - 2012-02-09 11:36

      I kinda agree with you Netshi... Everybody makes mistakes. But when Kallis get bowled by Brett Lee for a duck, it happens! However if you chose to replace Kallis with a 8-year-old primary school girl with a broken leg, and SHE gets bowled by Brett Lee for a duck, its kinda more expected ;)

  • Brian - 2012-02-09 06:55

    It's only one number out, surprising it was such a small, teeny, weenie error. Shame man everybody should have a chance one teenie mistake

      Grant - 2012-02-09 11:39

      Maybe "the masses" were dialing an EXTRA zero. So the stupidity of the leaders in missing a zero could be countered by the stupidity of the masses adding one! So it all works out in the end! Fight stupid with stupid, I always say! :P

  • David Du Plessis - 2012-02-09 06:56

    Why not just put a sticker over the wrong number... With the right number on it... Cmon guys, its not rocket science...

      Guy - 2012-02-09 07:46

      Its is in AZANIA

  • Wayne - 2012-02-09 07:22

    Any co-incidence there?

  • Derek - 2012-02-09 08:22

    Every day we see how this country is falling apart at a tremendous speed...must say I enjoy every moment of being a spectator to this...the humor in it all surpasses any comedy on circuit right now...

  • Mthandazo Ndlovu - 2012-02-09 08:27

    And you want to tell us you are combating crime when you can't even write correct phone numbers. These guys are full of hot air in what is supposed to be the brain

  • JC - 2012-02-09 08:28

    10111 ha ha ouah hi hi hi ho ha ho ho "!@#. Try and get that number answered ??? more specifically in EAST LONDON

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-02-09 09:01

    I wonder whether we can believe that only 3 are incorrect? And dialling 10111 - they must be joking.

  • Irma - 2012-02-09 09:03

    This was on ETV news a week ago already... wake up News24.

  • Heinrich - 2012-02-09 09:08

    Everything has become quite amusing in SA, just another example 3 drops of rain and almost every robot is out. What can we do but laugh.

  • braamc - 2012-02-09 09:42

    Quality check doesn't exists for there aren't any quality nothing

  • Roslyn - 2012-02-09 09:47

    O, PLEASE . What a bunch of nitwits...The contracter was more than likely one of their own.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-09 11:28

    LOL-Nowonder crime is the way it is!This alsp explains "missing" dockets-they were never stolen-just never got written! This is what happens when the standard of education is constantly lowered. Its shameful.

  • Newsreader - 2012-02-09 13:27

    Dial 0800-weRdoff

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