Recruitment of new police not halted

2013-03-05 00:00

POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa yesterday said no moratorium should be expected on the recruitment of police officers.

Replying to a parliamentary question by the ANC’s National Council of Provinces member Musawenkosi Nzimande, Mthethwa said a total of 1 200 posts for new recruits had been allocated.

“It is expected that for the financial year 2013/14 the allocation will be increased,” he said.

Nzimande, who hails from Pietermaritzburg, had asked the question following the national Treasury’s recommendation to Parliament last year that police personnel be reduced by 9 000.

Mthethwa said the department had previously indicated it would approach Treasury to maintain the staff complement of 197 930 until the 2015 financial year.

“This process is still underway, but it is now unlikely that there will be a reduction in personnel,” Mthethwa said.

He added there had been a total of 22 307 recruits since January 2010. These included 10 267 recruits in 2010, a further 6 213 in 2011 and 5 827 in 2012.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) spokesperson Theto Mahlakoana said the union was pleased with the minister’s announcement.

The SA Police Union could not be reached yesterday.

Meanwhile, replying to MP Bonisile Nesi, Mthethwa said his department had embarked on a project to audit all posts and ensure there was value in the use of each employee.

The police have also undertaken a study to determine standards of accessing police stations.

“The project talks to distances communities have to travel to receive police services. We are at a stage at which we know which communities are closest and furthest to police service points.”

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