The Ekurhuleni metro police have bought 493 new vehicles to improve community safety and policing standards, metro police said on Tuesday.
New fleet boosts JHB metro police
Spokesman Zweli Dlamini said the vehicles, which cost R88 million, had already been delivered and would be added to the fleet in time for the festive season.
The vehicles included sedans, panel vans and 4x4s and would be distributed among the various Ekurhuleni metro police units - including highway patrol, precinct patrol, speed law enforcement, the
intervention unit and public order policing.
"These cars will improve our visibility on the streets and contribute a great deal in our crime prevention, traffic policing and by-law enforcement efforts," said community safety portfolio head Aubrey Nxumalo.
"We view this as a huge step towards beefing up security as a build up to 2010," he added.
"Ekurhuleni is a very strategic player in the country, hosting the world cup by virtue of being home to the OR Tambo International Airport."
The vehicles would be branded and fitted with two-way radios, sirens, blue lights and tracking devices among other requirements.
"It is only after this process that the public will see these vehicles on the streets, with a majority of them expected on the streets by the first week of November," Nxumalo said.
According the the Ekuruleni Metro Police Department, the fleet includes 329 Volkswagens (Caddy, Polo and Jetta) and 164 Nissans.