No vehicle tracking? No wonder you’re a dead loss

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No vehicle tracking? No wonder you’re a dead loss

Mortuary van hijacking shows up E Cape transport department, which runs 2,300 vehicles without protection

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The apparent hijacking of a mortuary van in the Eastern Cape has thrown the spotlight on the provincial transport department’s failure to install trackers to its fleet of 2,300 government vehicles.

The province no longer has a system to monitor vehicles after it cancelled its R57m contract with Afrirent in September 2018, said transport department spokesperson Unathi Binqose.

Last Monday, the driver of a forensic pathology vehicle belonging to the provincial department of health, said he was hijacked. The vehicle was found 12 hours later on the side of a road by police. The body it was transporting from a local funeral parlour to a mortuary was still inside the vehicle when it was found...

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