Colonel Athlenda Mathe, the SAPS's spokesperson, stated that, despite the fact that
the SAPS acknowledged that there were delays in the distribution of alcohol blood
test kits to police stations ahead of the busy holiday season, measures were taken
to avoid the delays.
“The SAPS was able to apprehend 1553 drunk drivers through continuous collaboration
with other law enforcement agencies, including joint roadblocks and vehicle
checkpoints with the local, metro, provincial, and national traffic departments.
Mathe stated, "This collaboration of integrated and joint roadblocks, which includes
other government departments such as the Department of Health (DOH) and the
Department of Correctional Services (DCS), also means the sharing of resources,
including the alcohol blood tests."
Claude Naiker, PSA National Manager, stated that Police Minister Bheki Cele
shamelessly blamed the procurement section without taking responsibility for the
department's inability to adequately resource the department and ensure that vacant
positions are filled, as SAPS, like other government departments, has a persistent
“A failure of this magnitude creates an impractical situation in which law
enforcement personnel will be required to transport all suspected drivers to
hospitals to obtain blood samples for use as evidence in court. Due to this
incompetence, lack of proper planning, and failure to capacitate government
entities, the perpetrators may evade prosecution.
It will be challenging for traffic and police officers to carry out their duties. It
is necessary to point out that alcohol testing kits are a part of the tools of the
trade and are just as important as guns, bullets, safety vests, and automobiles in
good condition,” he stated
However, the SAPS promised South Africa that once the rigorous testing of the newly
acquired alcohol blood test kits was finished, distribution of these kits would
Even though this has proven to be a time-consuming process, the newly acquired kit
must go through it because alcohol blood test kits are an essential piece of
evidence in drunken driving cases. According to Mathe, the SAPS gives the nation the
assurance that distribution to stations will begin once compliance is confirmed.
From December 1 through December 31, 2022, the following is the breakdown of arrests
GP, 814 FS, 188 WC, 182 MP, 138 KZN, 76 NW, 60 EC, 50 LIM, 18 NC, and 17