Row over police van
A police officer allegedly using the state vehicle to attend church every Sunday in Phola Park
IF YOU were not aware you would think the police van parked outside a shack in a bushy area had responded to a serious crime.
The truth, however, is that the shack where a church service is being held every Sunday and the police officer driving the vehicle, is among the congregants.The state vehicle (JJV 007 MP) was spotted at the church on the Moloto Road in Phola Park near KwaMhlanga on Sunday.
Concerned residents who wanted to remain anonymous said the vehicle was also used to transport congregants to and from the church.
“We need to find out from the police authorities about the misuse of the vehicle which is meant to serve the community in the fight against crime and not for church related matters,” the residents said.
“It is questionable seeing a police vehicle parked at the church while we are complaining about a shortage of police vehicles. We have had enough with such police officers abusing state resources.”
Police commissioner Lt-Gen Mondli Zuma’s spokesperson Brig Leonard Hlathi said they were shocked by the allegation because it was unlawful for police officers to utilise state vehicles to attend church services and other private functions.
Hlathi said the officers were fully aware of the instructions because there had been others who were previously punished for such unlawful activities.
“They have no authority to use state vehicles when attending church services or rendering any private business,” Hlathi said. “Such allegations will be investigated. The involved officer will have to tell us why the vehicle was parked on the church premises.
“We will leave no stone unturned on police officers who continue to abuse state resources,” Hlathi said.
THE OTHER POLICE SERVICE: Residents have enquired about a police vehicle used by an officer to attend church services in Phola Park.