Thursday, May 28, 2015

MEC Plato want numbers of officers leaving SAPS in the WC

Loyiso Langeni
28 May 2015

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato has raised concern regarding figures which reveal that 7 000 termination within the South African Police Service happened in 2014/2015.

MEC Dan Plato said National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega needs to assure the people of the province that policing in the province remains a priority, and she needs to show us how she intends to rectify the crippling under resource of the province.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said MEC Plato has requested Phiyega to provide his office with a report on how many officers have left the service annually over the past four years, what is being done to prevent further losses and how recruitment has been prioritised especially for this province.
 
Botha added that MEC Plato has welcomed the recruitment drive that General Phiyega has launched to help address the outflow of 7 000 officers, the National Commissioner has to adequately empower the Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile, with sufficient resources and prioritise recruitment for the Western Cape. As the Western Cape SAPS is severely under resourced and cannot afford to lose any more officers.

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