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Jobs at risk as SAPS stops small businesses from repairing its vehicles

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Local mechanics said they would be forced to close their businesses after a decision was made that all SAPS vehicles would be sent to their respective dealerships for any repairs or maintenance work.

File Picture: Henk Kruger, African News Agency (ANA)

LOCAL mechanics said they would be forced to close their businesses after a decision was made that all SAPS vehicles would be sent to their respective dealerships for any repairs or maintenance work.

The owner of MLC Auto in Kimberley, Kirsten-Leigh Meyer, said that they would have to close their doors if they could no longer service state-owned vehicles.

“Our workshop has been providing services to the SAPS on a three-year contract. We recently heard that this will come to an end. We are concerned as we employ four workers who are sole breadwinners. Many local businesses and SMMEs in Kimberley rely on these contracts to pay salaries and conduct operations, as it used to be done on a rotation basis,” said Meyer.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam said the SAPS in the Northern Cape was unable to respond or comment on decisions taken by SAPS national management.

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