Tuesday, February 06, 2007

SAPS denies rumours of reducing white police officers

By Tarryn Le Chat
06 February 2007

The South African Police Services (SAPS) has denied claims that numerous white police officers will be reduced due to affirmative action. SAPS were responding to reports of plans to change the white to black ratio from 1:5 to 1:10.

Director Sally de Beer said that the claims were without foundation and that they were recruiting and training thousands of police officials of all races for deployment throughout the country.

Police commissioner, Jackie Selebi, has emphasised that there is a need to retain all skills and expertise in the police service.

Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, leader of the African Democratic Christian Party (ACDP), expressed shock that the police would reduce the number of whites “at a time when crime is rife”. According to Meshoe, urgent attention should be paid to the ratio of police officers per community.

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