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Police wings clipped as helicopters don’t fly in Eastern Cape

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Police wings clipped as helicopters don’t fly in Eastern Cape
A police helicopter which crashed in KwaZulu-Natal. All four police helicopters in the Eastern Cape are on the ground. File photograph.

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The police don’t obtain any air toughen in the Eastern Cape, where all four helicopters disbursed to fighting crime in the province are out of carrier.

One has been out of operation for more than two-and-a-half years and but every other for one year and nine months, DA MP Bobby Stevenson said on Monday.

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He was reacting to an update offered by neighborhood security MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe in response to a parliamentary inquire posed by the opposition celebration.

Stevenson raised assert in regards to the finish on crime fighting in the province.

“Criminals obtain to are living in inconvenience of the sound of helicopters overhead and searchlights at evening. That is what’s required to hunt them down if we’re going to obtain an effective criminal justice design,” he said.

“Gang violence, stock theft and fracture can obtain to be curtailed in the Eastern Cape and eyes in the sky play a key feature in doing that. Then again, that is for the time being not the case.”

Tikana-Gxothiwe said one helicopter, a Squirrel, had been booked for its 12-year midlife inspection and repair in September 2018 and was expected to come to carrier sooner than the tip of March.

A 2d Squirrel was involved in a forced landing and its engine was severely broken in November 2020.

Tikana-Gxothiwe said there needs to be seven pilots to fly police helicopters in the province nevertheless there obtain been 5 pilots on hand.

Stevenson said he would train up with Tikana-Gxothiwe to search information from that the carrier contracts for the helicopters be reviewed so they’d very smartly be repaired timeously.

“These helicopters can obtain to be posthaste introduced support into operations with beefy walk.”

by Shonisani Tshikalange

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Police wings clipped as helicopters don’t fly in Eastern Cape