Police absenteeism report wrong - top cop

2012-02-16 11:44

Cape Town - Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer says reported absenteeism levels at the Maitland, Cape Town, police station are incorrect, according to a report on Thursday.

The Cape Times newspaper quoted him as saying that staff took an average of 7.9 days' sick leave in the last year, and not 77.2 days as reported to Parliament's police oversight committee.

Lamoer said the figures were "incorrect", as the 77.2 days figure included provincial units in the Maitland area, such as dog and radio units with their own staff complements. The Maitland radio unit alone had more than 400 staff.

"[The 77.2 days per staff member] would mean that there was no one at the police station, which is not correct," he told the newspaper, adding that the station had never been closed.

He said it was "a lot of nonsense" that police stations in Bishop Lavis and Fish Hoek closed for lunch. He said officers were available throughout the day, especially when administrative staff went on lunch.

  • Justin - 2012-02-16 11:46

    Odcourse they would say it is wrong just so they cn save face!!! if it is wrong then why have they hired someone that cant do their job correctly???

      Janice - 2012-02-16 12:14

      What can they get right first time?????

      Michael - 2012-02-16 12:37

      Western Cape police officials are fat and lazy, look at the service we receive at the police stations. MY car was broken into Clarement, i went to the police station and they took down statements,days later they contact me for fingerprints on my car! WTF? why didn't they tell me on the same day? My flat was burgled,i reported the incident at Diep river police station,the cop takng statements didn't seem to know what he was doing, the finger prints experts also contacts me and he comes to my place long after the incident? He comes to my place and he messes up the place with the black powder and doesn't clean after that and he say there are no prints, wasting my time. In Cape Town central and wynberg police stations you are made to wait while people are having tea,just to certify documents. Cape police force is a mess.

      Francois - 2012-02-16 12:47

      The person who wrote the report, the person who checked the report and the CO of the person checking the report should all get a disciplinary hearing for gross negligence of duty. Then they (the people, we know the reports do not get checked) must be checked regularly and if it continues, they must be fired. If you are at that level and you do such poor work, it means either that you were promoted to a level of incompetence and should be demoted or that you can do the work, but do not want to and after a fair disciplinary process be dismissed. If the people were promoted to a level of incompetence, the people who promoted them, should be disciplined. Well discipline in police may not be up where it belongs, sorry Bekkie Cele, pun intended, Mad Hatter.

      Justin - 2012-02-16 13:16

      Here in JHB we report a problem to the police and they dont even show up so dont complain atleaset you getting service there... even a police officer told me two weeks back dont even bother phoning the flying squad number as they are useless and gave me his cell number!!!

  • the_gob - 2012-02-16 11:52

    Yeah, sure.

  • Marion - 2012-02-16 11:57

    ... and none of us have ever seen police vehicles transporting kids and what appears to be civilians in the front seat... and none of us have ever been solicited for bribes... and none of us have ever been told we can't make a case against someone... and no police dockets ever go missing... and and and and...

  • Brett - 2012-02-16 11:59

    Yes the correct figure is 172.2

  • iGeorge_S - 2012-02-16 12:03

    Maybe Lamoer is also one of the culprits and that is why the figures are "wrong".

  • Thelma - 2012-02-16 12:07

    Denial denial denial....Because of all the denial's S.A. is a bucket shop!!!!

  • Sunett - 2012-02-16 12:17

    Doesn't really matter, does it? Even if ALL the cops are at work EVERY day, majority of them are still pretty useless. Efficiency and productivity will remain at the pathetic level it is now.

      Gareth - 2012-02-16 13:37

      That’s a pretty sad comment Sunett. What about those police officers who go out and do a job everyday, who put their lives on the line for a a ridiculously low salary. I know you mention the word ‘majority’ but please be a bit more thoughtful of those police officers who have died trying to protect civilians like you and your family from the murderous lot out there.

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-16 12:19

    Whether this stats are correct or not but who said presentism it means people or police for that matter are at work working.

  • dlawre30 - 2012-02-16 12:19

    Is a cop still classified as being on duty when he is sleeping in his car under a tree?

      Marion - 2012-02-16 12:24

      Excellent question dlawre30...

  • Ig - 2012-02-16 12:22

    Ha Ha, they sent the "un-corrected", "un-tipexxed" report, at least the truth comes out for a change!!!

  • Marcell - 2012-02-16 12:22

    Lamoer lieg in sy _oe_ in as jy my vra. Deesdae is elke tweede ou 'n generaal of some sorts.

  • Andre - 2012-02-16 12:47

    How else can he defend it - lie of cause.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-16 13:04

    South Africa, the official home of incompetence.

  • Victor - 2012-02-16 13:24

    South African national anthem "deny, deny, deny !!!!!!!

  • Burton - 2012-02-16 13:42

    Pasop, of hy Lamoer jou!

  • George - 2012-02-16 13:51

    Please folks read between the lines, Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer says the figures are wrong it is more like 100.7 days per annum per SAPS member.

  • Eugene - 2012-02-16 14:20

    Probably one they forgot to "correct" internally as it shows the true figures. Just like all the crime stats that are understated.

  • Zion - 2012-02-16 15:53

    I think 77,2 days is a serious mistake. That is theoretically more than 2 months per annum.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-16 20:52

      more like almost 4 months if you consider that a month has somewhere around 22 workdays... clearly a snafu by the stats guy...and dare I say by the gullible politician eagerly swallowing the whole thing and making a song and dance of it...

  • Andre - 2012-06-05 10:23

    Kick this cop out of the province.Proudly working for a Free Western Cape.

  • Benson - 2012-06-05 12:11

    You talking Sh****t even you Lamoer you just stand for them because even you maybe you doing what they do now you see that is going to come to you. Dont block something that is sheet those people they should know that they are working and protect the community not just come mouth-end. I said there are so many people out there they deserve to do this job properly instand of eploying your cousins and fail even to right a statement or they cant even to speak English.

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