Cops fuming over festive season leave

2010-11-15 23:15

Pretoria - Gauteng police officials will not be allowed to take leave between December 15 and January 15.

That is according to a letter sent last week to provincial heads and sector, station and unit commanders.

It's an order from Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros, Gauteng chief of police.

Many police officials complained to Beeld about this order.

"The people aren't angry, they're pissed off," said an official.

"Those who are most angry are the one who have already paid their deposits or their entire holiday. Some of these officials applied for leave back in February and March, and it was approved."

Focus on safety

According to the officials, no-one was allowed to take leave between April and July because of the soccer World Cup.

After July they couldn't take leave either, since the work which had not been done during the Cup had to be caught up.

The police had earlier attributed the success of the World Cup, during which there was less crime, among other things to the large number of police officials who were patrolling the country's streets.

Neville Malila, Gauteng police spokesperson, said over the past five to six years during the festive season leave has been managed and none is granted to operational officials.

"The police are responsible for service delivery and ensuring the safety and security of residents throughout the year.

"During the festive season the police will focus on safety even more. Commanders must manage the leave process and ensure that there is no interruption of service delivery over this period."

According to Malila, police officials were asked to take the leave - which they couldn't use during the World Cup - by the end of this month, and "many have done so".

  • kevypi62 - 2010-11-16 01:10

    Old Petros has not got a clue, he is a politician put into this position by his comrades and does not know how to deal with people nor how to be a policeman so he has to make life miserable for those policemen who were going on leave, what an arsehole.

  • clschalkwyk - 2010-11-16 06:22

    -no comment-

      Susannomore - 2010-11-16 06:30

      Then why bother? sheez...

  • Susannomore - 2010-11-16 06:30

    I do feel for them. However, this period is the worst for crime and accidents, and we need them to help keep control. Perhaps not 100% though?

  • steve.dupreez - 2010-11-16 07:16

    Oh Boohoo!!! I can't take leave either because I am in a key position. Dude when your company/country needs you it needs you, no argument. Wonder what date the strike is going to be???

  • Carina - 2010-11-16 07:28

    I feel that if their leave was approved, they can't turn around now and cancel it. In our industry this is our peak season, so we may not take leave in December, but at least we new this from the start.

  • Oom Piet - 2010-11-16 07:52

    I dont know why they complaining. The bigger the Xmas bribes...the bigger the Xmas bonus

  • GV - 2010-11-16 08:23

    Cops are people too and would like to spend time with their family over the festive season. Why can't SAPS use reservists for areas of low crime and allow some of their members time off. It all boils down to accurate planning.

  • Kholofelo S - 2010-11-16 08:27

    Ain't it telling that the police who complained went to Beeld?! I say good for General Petros. The same people who say he's an arsehole are the same people who will be telling the world how bad crime is! All Gen Petros is trying to do is ensure a relatively free festive season. So, make a choice and for once support the government's efforts to curb crime!

      pointblankza - 2010-11-16 09:13

      Fair enough Kholofelo and I agree but you also need to take the policemen into consideration. THese men and women have worked damn hard this year, world cup and all. Many were denied leave over that time and worked extra hours. They too deserve a break and many have booked holidays. THe government will not reimburse those lost deposits. When someone is tired and you make him go on and on eventually he is going to get angry.

  • Kholofelo S - 2010-11-16 08:32

    Ain't it telling that those who complained went to Beeld?! I say kudos to Gen Petros - he's trying to ensure a relatively safe festive period. Those who say he's an arsehole are the ones who will be complaining about the crime rate.

  • Druss - 2010-11-16 09:26

    If there where more police officers and more money for police officers, them maybe there would not be a problem but alas all the money is spent on other items that is not needed. Until the money that is been wasted at the top of the government pile is filtered down to the departments that need it, there will be no change... lol.. T.V license to added to personal tax at a proposed 1%... WTF I do not even have a T.V..... whahahahaha!!!

  • Trevor Obery - 2010-11-16 09:29

    I worked in Emergency Management Services for many years..and this was the norm. I just feel that it should have been planned better to avoid the disappointing confusion.

  • Trevor Obery - 2010-11-16 09:30

    I worked in emergency management services for many years..and not having leave over the festive season was the norm. However, the lack of planning by the powers that be, will cause a disappointing confusion.

  • Valkerie - 2010-11-16 12:42

    I have to agree with many points made here by others: 1. Many industries don't allow annual leave during their peak times, and the holidays are peak crime times, aren't they? 2. Also, those who have booked their leave and had it approved, should not be bearing the brunt of a new broom that's trying to sweep clean, irrespective of procedural matters. Then again, those who find themselves with leave approved and vacations paid for have been given the opportunity to take it earlier. So they have tried to accommodate these folks. But consider for a moment that there will always be those who complain about a change in policy, however fair or unfair it seems to be in the long run. If Petros is making changes for the betterment of our safety, and gearing up law enforcement in our country, when is a good time to start I wonder? Now? Next year? Or shall we make it a round number - 2020 maybe? Our country is in dire straits when it comes to crime statistics. We are desperate for change. And yet few seem to be openly vocal about wanting to dig in and help make that change happen. It's all too easy to sit back and complain to our hearts' content. Being in law enforcement, surely these people know what the peak seasons are? Surely they understand that they are needed especially during this time? I'm possibly being very jaded here, but I wonder if they take their roles seriously, or if it's just another "salary"?

  • randrdunbar - 2010-11-16 12:48

    Frustrating the police members in this way is counter productive.They may even take it out on the populace.A difference has to be made between members in the direct line of fire and those in a support role.Furthermore, crime hotspots need more focus and peak time factors for criminal activities considered.It's about effective co-ordination and logistics.How about reimbursing the Police members deposits at least, where proof of payment thereof exists.Chancers aside, the amount of leave taken for the instances given seems to indicate that Police members are under severe strain as a result of undue work pressure.Short comings will need to be looked at & solutions found, implemented monitored,adjusted until the success rate improves substantially.Detectives are in short supply evidently & don't even mention our Forensics department backlog.No wonder criminals believe they won't get caught.

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