R300m paid for Cup police shifts

2010-09-01 18:09

Johannesburg - The police have so far paid R300m to about 30 000 police officers for duties performed during the Soccer World Cup, an official said on Wednesday.

"The police started running payments to our members in batches approximately two weeks ago and anticipate that the last run will be finalised by the end of next week," national police spokesperson Sally de Beer said.

"So far, payments are just over R300m for 30 000 officers."

Police said in a statement that more than 44 000 members were deployed to work during the major sports event that started on June 11 and ended on July 11.

"Just as securing the 2010 FIFA World Cup was the biggest major event undertaken by the security forces of South Africa, so too was the administrative task attached to the deployment of over 44 000 members of the police - the largest of its kind in the history of the police.

"Bearing in mind that every member deployed booked on and off duty repetitively over a six to seven-week period (depending on their duties), over a million transactions had to be captured on the police systems and then audited," De Beer said in a statement.

The payments included overtime allowances, meals, subsistence allowances, travel expenditure and shift and Sunday allowances.