20 December 2010
Crime-fighting initiatives in South Africa’s rural areas have been given a major boost, with police getting over 1 000 additional vehicles to carry out their duties.
The South African Police Service has added 1 385 new vehicles – earmarked for rural areas – to its existing fleet for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 financial years.
Speaking to journalists in Pretoria last week, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said these vehicles ranged from high powered 4x4s to high-tech equipped vans and sedans.
Mthethwa stressed that “rural areas” referred not only to farms but included broad demographic areas across the country, ranging from remote areas without proper road infrastructure to some of the worst economically affected areas in the country.
Mthethwa said the police were beginning to deploy resources evenly and effectively.
“Where they were needed, appropriate vehicles suitable for the terrain were allocated to rural areas, and in cases where it was necessary, new suitable vehicles have been purchased and ordered,” he added.