Police hopefuls throng city

2015-01-09 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg city hall was abuzz with young police hopefuls yesterday as hundreds gathered, attempting to fulfil their dreams of becoming officers of the law.

The potential police trainees crowded outside the city hall to take part in the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) recruitment imbizo yesterday.

By 10 am, the entire auditorium was packed with anxious candidates and many were left standing on the streets with no hope of getting in.

Those who arrived too late hung around the police cordon with perked ears, listening to instructions from officials asking them to leave the venue and report to their nearest station to complete their applications.

Pacino Ram (25), one of the hopefuls left standing outside, said all he wants is to become a police officer and protect those around him.

“I travelled a long way. They [police] told me to go to the Loop Street police station. I am disappointed,” Ram said.

Meanwhile, inside the hall, live music entertained the jovial crowd.

As the event progressed, speeches were given to the potential recruits about the need for police officers, and officials guided the crowd in filling out their application forms.

Two young friends, Ntuthuko Hadebe (20) and Simphiwe Lembethe (19), were both victims of crime and said they want to join the police service to take down criminals.

“I’ve seen a lot of people heartbroken over a crime and I want to make the community a better place,” Hadebe said.

Yolanda Diedricks said she is a single mother who has been out of school for 10 years, and joining the police service would be a good opportunity to try something new.

The Witness reported yesterday that only 613 posts were available and rumours were surfacing that more than 6 000 people would attend yesterday’s event.

However, the number of people both in and out of the hall was closer to 1 000 and traffic, although a bit congested, flowed freely in the area.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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