Union condemns police staffing plans

2012-05-15 18:02

Johannesburg - The SA Police Union (Sapu) has expressed anger about a proposal to cut police staffing numbers by 9 000.

"We are angry as we have learnt of this development from the media," it said in a statement on Tuesday.

Sapu said police management and political leadership had failed to engage labour on the issue, and it called on management to be sensitive to union members.

"This has already caused unnecessary panic within the police service, as members are calling our officers wanting more information on this issue," it said, adding that the plan would negatively affect service delivery as members would be demoralised.

"We call upon both the police department and National Treasury to put a moratorium on this proposed lay-off until we have reached an agreement regarding it," the union said.

"We are not even aware of what motivated it."

Beeld newspaper reported on Monday that the National Treasury had recommended that the police service reduce staff numbers by 9 000.

'Through natural means'

According to a Treasury report submitted to Parliament last week, the police service could, as a result, place a moratorium on the recruitment of new members from 2013.

Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said the country could not afford to have fewer police officers.

Colonel Vish Naidoo said on Sunday the Treasury had only made a recommendation, and that the figure of 9 000 was not definite.

"It will happen over a long period of time. Nobody's job is under threat. The idea is to reduce existing staff numbers through natural means, resignations, retirements... that kind of thing."

Naidoo said the police had appointed about 55 000 new members between 2005 and 2009 ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

"This means that we appointed about 11 000 people a year, whereas we usually appoint only about 3 500 a year."

In a statement on Monday, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said it did not support the effort to reduce staff members in the police service.

"We will engage further with [SA Police Service] management after studying the annual performance plan that contains this assertion."

  • Sean - 2012-05-15 18:14

    You guys are complete idiots. You have run out of money due to being corrupt fraudsters. The last time that they did the survey, SA was in need of an additional 20,00 police. Now you want to cut them back by 9,000? Hell you cant even police properly with the 9,000.WTF is wrong with you.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-15 19:55

      Everything is wrong, thats the sad part.

      Benn - 2012-05-16 06:46

      Wake-up. Who do you think it is that they want to get rid of?

  • keith.recore - 2012-05-15 18:15

    It is extremely, extremely important that all parties involved; police, government and communnities are involved in any decision of reducing police presence. It is imperative that the union and government work tirelessly to reduce corruption and waste and demonstrated to the public they are capable of policing properly and will do so, given the proper tools, training and compensation. Now is the time to rework the police so that truly are a vehicle the public can trust and turn to whenever they need police services. Make it a service to be proud of, integrated to the community and a service citizens want to join and be a part of. It is never too late to do the right thing.

  • ChrisKhanye - 2012-05-15 18:18

    With the exorbitant rent solicited by Commissioner cum Estate Agent Bheki Cele and maintaining Commissioner Mdluli INC - SAPS does need cost cutting measures.

  • Rika-Gareth Harvey - 2012-05-15 18:43

    Well well well... This day was coming from nearly 18 years ago. Remove the justice system so that the criminals get free-run of the country.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-15 19:52

      What justice system?? Its already broken - like the sewage works in most towns.

  • andrew.martin.3766 - 2012-05-15 18:57

    there must be at least 9000 fat, corrupt and lazy cops out there that need to be shed.

  • Ayanda Excellent Mpisane - 2012-05-15 18:59

    That will be a huge mistake this country will be ruled by the criminals

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-15 19:54

      The police service is already infested with criminals (just like our ruling party), so we're already ruled by criminals. Just 9000 less for us to pay - I won't miss wasting my money on rubbish.

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-15 22:02

      past 18 yrs its been ruled by criminals

      Michael - 2012-05-16 09:36

      Not really how many cops hide behind the badge and do nothing but waste out tax money.

  • braamc - 2012-05-15 19:09

    Would this be the corrupt 9000 or the fat lazy useless one's?

  • Gregory - 2012-05-15 19:36

    Release thousands of prisoners into a jobless society then cut 9000 police from the force. WTF, this sounds like government is begging for anarcy .

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-15 19:50

    I can't see how this will have any negative affect on crime. The current SAPS are such a prideless useless bunch, nobody will miss them. We have to do our own thing for security, they care less for us - more than likely due to these pride killing trade unions. This criticism excludes the specialised units, the rest are just a waste of human flesh.

  • Michael - 2012-05-16 09:35

    Good,no more hiding behind the badge for alot of fat,useless people...can't really call them people as alot have no moral compass

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