Kirkwood’s drunk drivers go free as blood tests have expired

Issued by Edmund van Vuuren, MPL – Zuurberg Constituency Leader
08 Jul 2021 in Press Statements

Drunk drivers from Kirkwood and surrounds, who put themselves and others in harms way, are being let off the hook because the Kirkwood Police Station doesn’t have valid blood test kits to test blood alcohol levels.

The test kits that are currently available at the Kirkwood Police Station have expired, and it is unclear when or if the station will receive additional kits.

The Kirkwood Police Station covers the areas of Aquapark, Bergsig, Moses Mabida and surrounding rural farming communities.

Earlier this week, DA Councillor Karen Smith conducted an oversight inspection at the Kirkwood Police Station, where she saw the expired test kits.

I have since escalated this issue to the DA EC Shadow MEC for Safety and Security, Bobby Stevenson, MPL, who will be submitting questions to the Community Safety MEC, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe.

It is unthinkable that the SAPS are being forced to operate without the necessary tools of trade. Criminals, whose irresponsible actions could cost innocent lives, are able to escape prosecution, because of this.

I will continue to raise the concerns of residents with provincial structures to ensure that police personnel are supplied with the resources they need to do to their jobs effectively.

The Democratic Alliance has clearly demonstrated that it gets things done, and knows how to look after the safety and security of residents.

Where the DA governs it gets things done, and in the upcoming 2021 Local Elections residents can vote for this change and get the caring and competent government they deserve.