27 000 cops 'can't shoot'

2012-03-04 09:51

Johannesburg - More than 27 000 police officers on active duty have failed firearm proficiency tests, the Sunday Times reported.

This was according to a performance report dated December 14 2011 by the SA Police Service's internal audit unit, the publication said.

The report said the majority of those who failed the tests were operational officers "who were supposed to carry their official firearms on a daily basis".

The Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority - which is the body tasked with issuing certificates to officers who pass proficiency tests - said only 3570 certificates were awarded since 2010.

Acting national police chief lieutenant general Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said it would be unfair to comment on something he had not seen or heard of.

He told the newspaper that not all police officers had undergone firearms training in compliance with the Firearms Control Act.

The report stated that one of the effects of having officers who were "not yet competent" in handling weapons was that "they are placed on operational duties with a firearm they cannot use properly".

It further found that suspended national police commissioner General Bheki Cele reinstated the contracts of 229 police trainees who failed their exams three times last year.

  • Jessica - 2012-03-04 09:59

    O MY Gosh. Criminals hit their targets while police will hit innocent public by the4 looks of it. So when you see the police run the other way

      Sean - 2012-03-04 10:10

      What do you expect when the whole government is incompetent !!! All this government can do is talk big , blame apartheid and steal !!

      Sharon - 2012-03-04 10:18

      The really scary part is that they failed the firearm competency test, but are still allowed to carry a firearm!

      IAnon - 2012-03-04 10:20

      Criminals must be happy to hear that news -

      Adam - 2012-03-04 10:26

      We had to pass tests, have clean criminal records and good character references,and a fire-arm safe at home. I dont think most cops have any of the above.

      kgomotso.radise - 2012-03-04 10:33

      Maybe criminals must teach the police how to shoot the target

      John - 2012-03-04 10:33

      OMG....This is the joke of the year What a country we become.

      Spyker - 2012-03-04 11:19


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      Ian - 2012-03-04 11:49

      Hau, sorry baba, you failed your gun test. But here is a gun and 300 rounds of ammunition anyway. But DON'T use it!!!......

      Tanie - 2012-03-04 12:04

      Thank God they can't shoot,if they knew we would all be dead.Maybe they are missing us with bullets, without us noticing.

      Anthony - 2012-03-04 13:48

      BEE BBEE BBBEE AA?????????????

      Eduard - 2012-03-04 21:51

      Welcome to the Zuma (ANC) world. Zuma likes incompetent people/force/soldiers around him, reason for this is basically, when he steals all the tax payers monies, the people are not able to find it or point a finger at him.

      Martin - 2012-03-05 09:19

      police must handcuff, pin you down and then shoot, its the only way they hit the target

      Thys - 2012-03-05 09:36

      The sad thing is that there are police officers out there who have the drive to become fundamentally and tactically proficient with firearms. Instead of the resources being made available to them they are afforded very little opportunity to practice and are issued firearms that are unservicable and sometimes dont even have any ammunition.

      Rudie - 2012-03-05 11:36

      The thing that scares me most is the 27 000 police officers = 9 bullets each = 243 000 stray bullets.

  • Peter - 2012-03-04 10:03

    I am not even slightly surprised with this report. Anyone who has had dealings with these okes would not expect much more. I think most of them also don't know how to walk, because they are never interested in looking for anyone at a crime scene. All they can sort of do is take statements, and this they also do a shocking job of. Certainly not a police service I have any respect for or pride in. (I exclude the specialised units from this criticism)

      Boer - 2012-03-04 10:47

      Add listen and writing to the list. The things they are good at is eating KFC, killing the one's the should be protecting and using their cars as taxis.

      Tony - 2012-03-04 11:20

      Boer makes a good point. The last time I dealt with these fools ... I was told they only deal with "real crime" ... Carjacking is probably seen as a prank in South Africa!

      luqman.kajee - 2012-03-05 12:34

      Agree with peter and boer, I got hijacked - hit on the back of my head 8x with the butt of the gun. Basically I was pissing blood out the back of my head and it took them 3 hours to take a statement(which they insisted on doing right there). It took me approx 40s to relate exactly what happened, what they were wearing etc...but 3 hours to write that down. Neither of the cops there decided it was necessary to let me get my head stitched first, I took my t-shirt off and stopped the bleeding myself because I couldn't do anything else...our police FARCE is most certainly incompetent

      samantha.lister.09 - 2012-03-11 16:14

      And half of them are so bloody overweight - it's disgusting! These guys are supposed to be in prime condition so as to catch crooks!

  • Robert E Meise Esq - 2012-03-04 10:04

    so i assume they are not competent to handle a weapon a a member of the public we have to be competent in hadeling weapons ...... wtf

      Jessica - 2012-03-04 10:07

      Police are probably embarrassed that they are so useless

      Boer - 2012-03-04 10:48

      Do they really know that they are USELESS?

      Garreth - 2012-03-05 15:07

      They know how to shoot the girlfriends/ themselves if she's f@##ng around.close range of course than turn the gun on them. easy targets. What can I say.

  • Penny - 2012-03-04 10:04

    Lord help us. What has the ANC done to our once proud security forces ??? Everything they touch turns to sh ....

      IAnon - 2012-03-04 10:30

      Right on! Today we have no more Army to speak of, no air-force other than the shadow flyers for ZumZum - the navy is a sinking ship - and Joe Public has to employ the services of Private Security companies because the police is incapable - how sad and beyond a joke is that!

  • PieterWolf Lombard - 2012-03-04 10:04

    27,000 INCOMPETANT COPS.. How many are criminals and corrupt??? So what's new ???

      Fussed - 2012-03-04 10:43

      So it is quite safe to say, the order "shoot to kill" was a "hit and miss" statement

      Juan - 2012-03-05 01:41

      I wonder how many soldiers we have in our new SANDF that can't shoot

  • lindz.kok - 2012-03-04 10:06

    ha ha ha bee you fked up again... my word when will incompetance end?

  • Fussed - 2012-03-04 10:07

    And they have the CHEEK to make the public apply for firearm proficiency tests. These are the anim#$@s that test us.They cant even pass there OWN test. I wonder who is the STUPID now

  • MikeBrassellSA - 2012-03-04 10:07

    Only 27000?? Probably 270 000.

  • Judy - 2012-03-04 10:08

    This is very disturbing. I do NOT feel safe. Either a criminal will cause us harm, or police officers will beat us up, ask for a bribe, shoot us by accident, or not know what they're doing when we need them because they're incompetent or grossly unskilled. Why is this allowed to happen? This kind of thing will not be allowed to happen in countries like the US, Canada or the UK, so why here?

      Garth - 2012-03-04 10:22

      The countries that you mentioned do not have the useless, worthless anc as their ruling ineptocracy.

      Patsy - 2012-03-04 10:22

      Only in South Africa!!! Or it it Africa in general? I had two sons in the SAPS and they had rigorous training at the Police College in Pretoria. Why aren't our new policemen/women getting the same training?? Are they just coming in off the street and getting a uniform??

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-03-04 11:03

      Patsy, did you miss the part stating that learner-cops that failed 3 times are still with us? Does this mean you don't have to study, can stay incompetent and unskilled, but you will be appointed if you were able to complete the application form? (with help of course)

      Boer - 2012-03-04 11:25

      @Patsy Some people are simply not trainable.

      amanda.terblans - 2012-03-04 18:27

      because SA is run by the ANC and the US, UK and Canada are run by educated qualified people with morals

  • Joseph - 2012-03-04 10:09

    Now what PERCENT of the entire police force is 27000?

      Garth - 2012-03-04 10:21

      What does it matter what percentage it is! These are `operational officers'! 0.5% is a fail! Although, I suppose, judging by the standards that the useless, worthless anc have set, this is par for the course.

      IAnon - 2012-03-04 10:31

      WTFC Joseph - it's 27000 too many -

      jon.poole2 - 2012-03-04 11:24

      Best estimate is between 20 and 25%. Therefore, at best, 1 in 5 cops aren't qualified to carry a weapon.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-03-04 10:12

    Lol this is what happens when individuals join the police force for the sake of getting a job without any interest or calling for the actual job @ hand.

      Gary - 2012-03-05 14:40

      totally agree with u and their training is up to sh*t, thats why they can't shoot

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-03-04 10:12

    Lol this is what happens when individuals join the police force for the sake of getting a job without any interest or calling for the actual job @ hand.

  • Jimmy - 2012-03-04 10:13

    this is nothing new. a report a few years stated that the average police officer in this country, could not HIT a man-size stationary target placed 10 meters away, with any of the bullets shot from their service pistol. maybe all these policemen need to be demoted to metermaid status. oh, and the firearms control act involves only shooting a few rounds anyway. it doesn't teach you how to shoot properly. every police officer needs to be trained to shoot at the standards of the International Defensive Pistol Association.

      Edgar Ewan - 2012-03-04 12:29

      Jimmy I cannot agree more.I was a cop myself and in the fortunate situation to work at one of the flying squad units.We at least got proper shooting training and practice.I would like to think that we were very near or on par with IDPA standards.They use to drill us with courses of fire under pressure,not merely shooting at stationary targets.Remember when I was at one particular training facility,half passed the tests,the other half did not.Guess what,they cried the magic word: recism! All rereived the same treatment and training.I beg to ask why?In the end they all passed.What a farce.

  • Vicky - 2012-03-04 10:14

    Like Vinny says: "Now there's a f@k'n surprise……"

  • David DZ - 2012-03-04 10:15

    No wonder!

  • Comrade - 2012-03-04 10:17

    the cANCer goverment plan to keep criminals (their voters) on the street seems to be working.!!!

  • Garth - 2012-03-04 10:18

    Well done useless, worthless anc on ANOTHER absolute disgrace. Taking one of the most proficient police forces in the world, flushing it down the toilet and then sifting through the sewage to come up with these palookas. It is no wonder the chief criminal in the land issued these incompetents with `shoot to kill' orders, he knew that he was not in any danger of any law suits from the criminals' amoral lawyers. Thank you for the protection anc, oh thank you so bloody much!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-04 10:22

    uhmmmm so mebbe the whole "shoot to kill" thing wasn't so serious afterall?

  • Bomb - 2012-03-04 10:23

  • Charl De Swardt - 2012-03-04 10:26

    what do you expect. we live in a messed up country where the only reason they got into the police is because of the colour of their skin and not on performance. if they had to work on merit half of them would not even be employed.

  • Bomb - 2012-03-04 10:29

    I had the same experience in the SANDF. During basic shooting training, we had difficulty getting the "new" troops to close one eye and aim with the other eye. They also couldn't grasp the fact of looking "through" the sites to the target, and kept focusing at the site, and not seeing the target.During basic swimming orientation we had a lot of problems with their balance, once they entered the water. I don't know what the scientific explanation for this is, but its definitely an orientation/balance/cognitive issue.

      Boer - 2012-03-04 10:54

      And then they come and tell Jooste from Kommando korps is wrong.

      pisciotta - 2012-03-04 11:22

      Perhaps their inability to function in water is nothing more than "Hydrophobia"

  • Chris - 2012-03-04 10:32

    Do they also shoot blanks in bed? :)

  • Barefoot - 2012-03-04 10:34

    Lets look at this from another angle- the guns they use where do they get them from? because if a gun is poorly made you can't hit a target, so i the gun tender should be investigated too. lol don't let this fool you into thinking they won't kill you they'll kill you while trying to fire warning shots

  • Vuks01 - 2012-03-04 10:36

    I now understand the "Shoot to Kill" statement by the "Great General" Yes - I'm sure you guessed it too - TARGET PRACTICE !!!!!!!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-04 10:38

    Policemen who can't shoot, financial managers who can't count, teachers who can't pass their own tests, nurses who can't wash their hands... The list goes on. You cannot motivate and inspire people to do and give of their best unless you lead by example. Govt is wearing us out with their ineptitude and apathy.

  • Lucky - 2012-03-04 10:39

    Thanks to our south african poor government

  • garth.bester2 - 2012-03-04 10:46

    "Acting national police chief lieutenant general Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said it would be unfair to comment on something he had not seen or heard of". Have I missed some thing here general...........Your information is selective I see. How about I will investigate this serious aligation etc

      Boer - 2012-03-04 10:55

      He is just as useless as the previous one.

  • eugene.briel - 2012-03-04 10:46

    Would really love to know how many of the JMPD are "Competent and Proficient". Do they just carry them to look important and intimidating. This goes for all SAPS and METRO Police.

  • Jay - 2012-03-04 10:47

    All this whilst Bheki Cele remains suspended with FULL PAY? And the ARROGANT, KNOW IT ALL Minister, Nathi Mtethwa keeps his job? Perhaps I should be saying: "I do not have a problem with the Commissioner or Minister.... I am looking for the A..Holes that appointed them." I Rest My Case

  • Dennis - 2012-03-04 10:52

    This is what you anc followers voted for AND got !! TOTAL INCOMPETANCE !!

      Kanetso Michael Moleeko - 2012-03-04 11:03

      @ deeteem, you are such a fool ! ANC does not have anything to do with this, wake up idiot.

      Boer - 2012-03-04 11:19

      @Kanetso I agree, blame it on Apartheid or the white paint on the road.

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-03-04 11:24

      Kanetso, Ag, I won't say anything as you will most probably not understand it if your way of thinking is to claim the ANC has nothing to do with it. Let us blame this on apartheid, who normally gets blamed for everything the ANC failed at.

      Peter - 2012-03-04 12:31

      Kanetso you are an RSOLE with a cpital A. Where do you come from the ANC is fully responsible for all the SH#T in this country. It is guys like you who put the O into COUNT.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-05 14:17

      Kanetso, sorry to burst your bubble. Te ANC has everything to do with it.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-03-04 10:58

    Maybe it's time to put someone in charge of the SAPS that is competent, not a criminal and that can be respected by the policemen and the public

      Boer - 2012-03-04 11:28

      To achieve that outside of the anc is impossible.

  • pisciotta - 2012-03-04 11:03

    A policeman who carries a gun as part of their job, but fails to qualify (hopefully at least annually) should be fired (pun not intended). I find that in S. Africa government even private business seem too afraid to fire people for incompetence. A policeman who can not qualify at the firing range is in my opnion incompetent.

  • Andre - 2012-03-04 11:05

    In SA, the law abiding citizens have more to fear from the police than the criminals!

  • Andrew Worrall - 2012-03-04 11:12

    So when a cop says to me, hands up, I say wait don't shoot!!! Oh wait you can't, but let me help you.

  • jannie.beirowski - 2012-03-04 11:16

    I do believe the killers of Kebble are back on the street with licences to 9 firearms. Maybe this means they will be employed by the cops to do their shooting for them. At least they did hit their target.

  • Bob - 2012-03-04 11:16

    P a t h e t i c ........!

  • Tony - 2012-03-04 11:18

    So, I had to hand in MY gun, to these clowns, and the ANC expects these same clowns to protect me? I would be safer with a condom!

  • ana.curcic - 2012-03-04 11:21

    That says it all. We do not need criminals in this country. We have allready legalized them with a name "police officers". WTF and when if ever is this nonsense going to stop.

  • Desmond - 2012-03-04 11:21

    And yet the general public who they want to disarm manage to pass the competency without a problem. Maybe its because we have to pay for the training out of our own pockets.

  • Tony - 2012-03-04 11:22

    Just thinking about Cele ... Shoot to keeeel comment, ....under his breath he probably saying "shoot to keeeel someone, and hope its the bad guy you are lucky".

  • Godfrey Somya - 2012-03-04 11:24

    Inaccurate,media driven attacks. ANC rules so panicking is not helping,Your deeds were worst & stop trying to rule this country through media. Divide and Rule is not gonna work !!

      gbbfg - 2012-03-04 13:21

      Nobody is trying to rule the country through the media. What deeds? Prove that this report is inaccurate. You say divide and rule is not going to work. Then why is the ANC doing PRECISELY that? Unbelievable.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-05 14:21

      Godfrey, the ANC divides and rule. If it has it's way you don't have to be worried, the media will be curtailed very soon. Then the real fun can begin.

  • HubertAnne - 2012-03-04 11:25

    now you know why so many cops are shot!!

      Boer - 2012-03-04 11:31

      And the sad thing is that I don't feel sorry at all. It makes you wonder how many decent ones are killed by 'friendly' fire.

  • zs5zk - 2012-03-04 11:33

    If they cant pass the fire arms Proficiency test with a 100% mark, they are not FIT and Inteligent enough to be appointed S A Police member and should be DISCHARGED and find a jpb that suits there mental levels. ALL S A Police candidates MUST be Pshycometric tested to be declared as the correct character to do Police work and there MATRIC results should be above 80% pass mark. The Public`s LIVES DEPEND on this. In any CIVIL Suite against the Minister of POLICE and Government can be used against last mentioned in there civil suite and they WILL have sucses in such a SUITE.

      jjgeldenhuys - 2012-03-05 08:19

      very interesting opinion, from a clearly untrained person... Those guys put there lives on the line for you every day, earning poor salaries and working with very little resources, please join the SAPS as a reservist, and then we will talk again after a while... make sure of your facts before you attack...

      Jacqui - 2012-03-05 14:25

      What is an untrained person? You mean we should all learn to fire a gun before we can have an opinion?. I agree about the poor salaries and the poor working conditions but speak to the government about that. Bet you won't get far though.

  • Winston - 2012-03-04 11:36

    I take the liberty to just repeat a readers comment that " the order shoot to kill was a hit and miss statement" I think that sums it up

  • Dawood - 2012-03-04 11:42

    maybe the barrels are crooked

  • Carlos - 2012-03-04 11:44

    Come on, shut up and pay your inflated Utilities accounts, your "oh so legal" fines, go on, feed the croc... Oh, wait, they want to change the Constitution, "a la" Assad, Gaddafi, Mugabe, wait and see...

  • Annelize Delport - 2012-03-04 11:46

    Give them water guns asap !!! And I demand a bullet vest, and not only for myself. This is a crisis of NOTE !!

  • Power - 2012-03-04 11:48

    If we cannot pass the competency test, we cannot have a license. No license - no firearm. But they are allowed to carry firearms ???? Africa will always be Africa !!!

      jjgeldenhuys - 2012-03-05 08:21

      Power, no member of the SAPS is allowed to carry a firearm if not found competent...

  • Hein Helmand - 2012-03-04 11:49

    Saps cant even stop farm murders and rino killings,to shoot is to complicated

  • Gerhard Lemmer Marais - 2012-03-04 12:02

    WTF PHATETIC. So I will. Ask the Pig comming to my dooR. To check my Papers to bring his with...