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Cape Town's Ghost Squad to get a new fleet

Cape Town's Ghost Squad will soon have a new set of unmarked traffic department vehicles that have cost the city more than R5 million.

The Ghost Squad is a specialist unit operating in unmarked vehicles that was established to reduce road deaths and clamp down on serious traffic violations.

According to JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security says the new cars come with accessories and they cost less that the Volkswagen GTI's without accessories. The Ghost Squad is largely known for patrolling Cape Town's highways in unmarked GTI's with CA number plates.

Smith says they've been using these GTI's because they are high-end pursuit cars for when they have to chase offenders refusing to stop.

He says the GTI's have become identifiable for offenders.

The city has acquired 11 Lexus vehicles which pushes the total number of Ghost Squad cars to 30.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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