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Police workshops paralysed by shortage of engine oil

The safety of Gauteng residents is being further jeopardised by a shortage of engine oil with which to service police vehicles.

Yesterday, a circular was sent to about fifteen police workshops in Gauteng to inform them of the fact that there is no engine oil available.

The shortage arose after service providers did not receive a request for an order in time.

The shortage is problematic seeing as no maintenance work on vehicles that requires engine oil can now be done.

In February this year, it was indicated that more than 1 000 police vehicles are out of order.

The police stations in Laudium, Dube, Doornkop, Eersterust and Vaal Marina only have one vehicle each at their disposal.

No police station can successfully serve its community and combat crime with just one response vehicle.

The FF Plus sent a letter to the Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lt.-Gen. Elias Mawela, requesting a report on the number of vehicles in the respective workshops, the reasons behind the shortage of parts and oil, and his action plan to address and resolve the vehicle problems in the province.

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