- City of Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga handed over 103 new bakkies to the Tshwane Metro Police Department on Monday
- The vehicles have been earmarked for use by the city’s anti-cable theft unit in an attempt to reign in cable theft which has cost the council R60 million since January
- Msimanga warned metro police officers that if they would personally have to pay for repairs to damaged vehicles if the damage was caused by negligent acts
The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) has taken delivery of 103 new bakkies. The vehicles were handed over by City of Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga on Monday morning, along with a stern warning to TMPD officers.
Msimanga told officers they would be held personally responsible for repair costs to damaged vehicles if the damage was found to be the cause of negligent behaviour.
Msimanga said the days of filling in an accident report and getting a reprimand which amounted to little more than a slap on the wrist were over. He said from now on if an officer was found to have acted negligently that officer would have to pay out of their own pocket.
Briefly.co.za gathered that a special committee had been established within the TMPD to assess accidents, ensure accountability and monitor the new vehicles through satellite tracking.
TMPD spokesperson said each and every accident and incident would be assessed by the committee to establish whether the driver had acted recklessly or negligently. He echoed Msimanga’s sentiment that the costs of reckless driving could no-longer be passed onto the citizens of the city.
The vehicles have been earmarked for use by the city’s anti-cable theft unit in an attempt to reign in cable theft which has cost the council R60 million since January. Citizen.co.za reported that there were 1,654 reported cases of cable theft during this period.
Msimanga warned officers to only use the vehicles for their assigned duties. He said the vehicles were not to be used as personal transport or to take family and friends to the shops and malls in Pretoria.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Msimanga said the vehicles had a critical role to play in the city’s attempt to restore service delivery in areas which were currently being plagued by power outages caused by cable theft.
Msimanga said cable theft also led to investors losing faith and pulling out of deals with the city. He said this disinvestment led to job losses which caused social problems such as increased crime which in turn once again led to more loss of investor confidence.
The new vehicles will come as a relief to the city’s departments of water and electricity which have been providing the TMPD with loan vehicles and will have their own vehicles returned in the coming days.
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