No compensation for families of SAPS reservists - forum

2015-05-20 17:34
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Pretoria - None of the relatives of police reservists injured or killed in the line duty have ever received compensation, despite promises that this would happen, the SA Police Reservist Forum said on Wednesday. 

Forum chairperson Vusumuzi Sibeko said when Nomvula Mokonyane was Gauteng premier, she assured them the families they would get up to R250 000.

"We want to know which reservists' [family] has ever been paid," he said.

This was one of issues the forum wanted addressed as they marched on the office of Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Nhleko's spokesperson, Musa Zondi, said the payments were an administrative issue which had nothing to do with the minister. 

Sibeko said hundreds of reservists took part in the march. Their demands included having all police reservists absorbed into the force. 

"Reservists were told years ago that they would be absorbed, but that has not happened," said Sibeko. 

He said they had held countless meetings with police officials on the matter, but nothing had ever come of them. The Presidency had also failed to address their concerns. 

He claimed some reservists had been told to pay bribes if they wanted to be permanently employed. 

"They want us to pop out money in order to get employment. They know we are unemployed. We are tired of corruption," he said. 

Around 16:00 on Wednesday, hours after the march, Zondi said he knew nothing about it. He said he did not know if anyone from the minister's office had received the reservists' memorandum.

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