Probe into abuse of cop cars

2012-05-29 18:30

Johannesburg - An investigation is underway into reports that some police vehicles were being used as delivery vans in Daveyton and Ekurhuleni, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

"We are looking into the matter; we don't have the facts yet, except for those published in the Daily Sun," said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

The newspaper printed a reader-supplied photograph of goods being unloaded from a police car.

Residents claim it is common for businesses, particularly foreign businesses, to hire police cars for their deliveries.

One said: "The cops make extra money using police vehicles as delivery trucks, while the people have to pay for the vans and the cops' salaries".

  • Hugh - 2012-05-29 18:13

    But then not a sole complains when cop vans and cars are parked for hours outside shebeens. Amazing double standards.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-29 18:44

      "We will deliver anything - except service". SAPS

      Rob - 2012-05-29 18:54

      Ja, not surprising @ all. They have no respect for the uniform & what it stands for & generally do as they please. Different standards...different mindset & approach to the job.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-29 19:20

      Here we go again. After hours the News24 team switch thumbs up and down. We all need to complain during working hours and get these clowns fired.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-29 19:50

      Blame apartheid! They did not had cars 20 years ago and can't help the oppertunity is there! JOKERS!!!

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-29 19:51

      @Squeegee & Leonard - chill guys. Some hacker flexing his thumb muscles.

      TSR01 - 2012-05-29 21:22

      @Leonardb1 / Xenwsim1 / Squeegee: You've been hit by, you've been struck by, a smooth criminal.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-29 21:26

      TSR01, you can't blame Zuma for everything.

      Koos - 2012-05-29 23:26

      I once phoned commander of the Crystal Park SAP(s) about the van being used to buy booze at the shebeen( which was on a main road in plain view of everyone going past). Her response : why bring them in a negative light. Who am I to say that they are not picking up evidence. My response to her after which she put the phone down: do you think that was evidence?

      tha.sha3 - 2012-05-30 06:01

      @ where do you expect to see the police packing if they visit the shebeen to perform their duties? Like attending complains e.t.c?

  • melani.hattingh - 2012-05-29 19:09

    Every day there is a Cop daddy from Edenvale Metro picking up his kid from school. No fair, but what's new. All jobs have perks I suppose...

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-29 19:20

      I have heard police vehicle are transporting drugs for the merts so that they wont be stopped and seached I could well believe that;

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-05-29 19:13

    Yes, like that cop car that's always being used by some guy to give some lady Code8 driving lessons! Ah, but it's a small town, what else is there to do with it?

  • ben.thabang.7 - 2012-05-29 19:15

    shame to anc gov.old days no suchthings.wer abusing our goverment n properties.nothing to say when u c dis happens.bheki ndaba zako.

  • Savannah - 2012-05-29 19:16

    It's about time. Besides deliveries, state vehicles are also used as taxis. This is just another way in which our tax money is wasted. They should also launch an investigation into the number of police officials who drink on duty.

  • dave.leverton - 2012-05-29 19:18

    854 thumbs down to a comment less than half an hour old ?

      Rob - 2012-05-29 20:53

      @lEONARD...Probably p!ssed off after a hard days forced protesting @ the gallary !

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-29 19:30

    I'd really like to see the annual bill for all the investigations, special hearings, boards of inquiry, appeals, etc into alleged abuse, misuse, misrepresentation and overall dodgy dealings. Seems overall there's a fundamental lack of processes to prevent things from reaching this point.

  • tlokwano - 2012-05-29 19:36

    I c police....\cop tsotsis\....correct the system and publisize the raw truth.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-29 19:41

    Eish this is not true . This can neva happen in this country . Again some agents trying to discredit the best polies force south of Zimbabwe. Rememba even if they do their delivaries with their official vechiles we have to understand that previously they were disadvantaged.

      Rob - 2012-05-29 20:54

      ROTFLMWAO !!!! lOL, LOL, LOL !

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-29 19:46

    This practice was inherited from Apartheid. Ask Mthethwa. He knows. One day he will transform the cars.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-29 19:50

    I think this should be investigated.we cant allow a situation where a law enforcement agency is misusing state vehicles that are funded by taxpayers money.How long shall we have to look while people are stealing(misusing govt.resources) money from the public purse.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-05-29 23:07

      As long as the ANC feels the need to keep filling their pockets..

      Koos - 2012-05-29 23:28

      It seems it will continue until there is mo more funds.

  • braamc - 2012-05-29 19:51

    Is there anything that doesn't require investigation? We could have solved the entire housing problem in the country without the cANCer

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-29 19:51

    Not so long ago there were two cop van probes in Durban. One in the cab and the other in the back. They dumped the probee's and just drove off.

      Rob - 2012-05-29 21:06


  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-05-29 20:00

    The most thumbs downs I've ever seen. My guess is:(1) it's from all the police officers guilty of these abuses. (2) They're using government computers to do it. Now I'll sit back and wait for a thousand more.

  • madise.paul - 2012-05-29 20:07

    what's wrong with us!! Mzansi is in crisis.

  • Lynda - 2012-05-29 20:20

    Ha ha, this is Africa......does anything surprise us any more

  • Mantsho - 2012-05-29 20:24


  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-05-29 21:38

    Corrupt from head (Cele) to toe (Constable)!

  • Renate - 2012-05-29 21:38

    It's "Inherited from the Aparheid Police force" according to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa!

  • Dooie - 2012-05-30 04:54

    Thats why they always say: "There's no vehicles available for you emergency"

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-30 06:46

    They are used as delivery vehicles, private cars, Taxi's, etc. This is not fresh news !!!

  • Lana - 2012-05-30 08:19

    This should be investigated countrywide. In our town you regularly see police vehicles at schools, picking up or off loading kids and at residences unloading wife and groceries. When you call the station to request a vehicle after a crime has been commited or is in progress, the response that you get is 'We don't have any vehicles available at the moment'.....

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