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Response to media reports on police van used unlawfully


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga

Nelspruit – Police in Mpumalanga are concerned about negative media reports stemming from a video circulating in social media circles wherein a marked police vehicle is seen used to dump waste material reportedly at an illegal dumping site.

Police did not waste time in probing this disturbing phenomenon and have so far established the following:

·         The vehicle had been outsourced to a private panel beating company after it was involved in a collision earlier on and taken to the state garage.

·         The state garage outsourced the vehicle to the private company as is normal practice. It is then that it was used by people from the private company to dump litter as seen in the video.

When the video came to light, police speedily investigated the matter and discovered that the vehicle was allegedly used unlawfully or without consent. It is against this background that the police registered a case docket of using a vehicle without the owner’s consent. The vehicle has since been fixed and was returned to the state owned garage.


Brigadier Leonard Hlathi
082 462 0804