Mthethwa wants ongoing police training

2012-09-04 22:26

Johannesburg - Police training must take place on a continuous basis, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday.

"Up-skilling and training of police officers must be ongoing," he said in a statement.

"We urge officer[s] to ensure they utilise the knowledge gained to make a dent in the fight against crime."

Mthethwa said refresher training should be relevant and should help police reduce crimes such as sexual offences.

"As we reiterated in the past, priority must be placed on fighting crime against women, children, and the elderly."

For the financial year 2008/09, 669 police officers received extra training in dealing with sexual offences.

This number rose to 2906 in 2009/10, to 2272 in 2010/11, and to 2203 in 2011/12.

Mthethwa said re-establishing the family violence, child protection, and sexual offences units had helped ensure officer training was ongoing.

He stressed the importance of police discipline and challenged police management to intensify discipline throughout the service.

"Contrary to public perceptions that management is lenient on some of these members, actions are actually being taken against members who do not uphold discipline," he said.

  • tw2066 - 2012-09-04 22:45

    He stressed the importance of police discipline - what?? Your police force is a police farce. I cant even begin to tell you how ineffective the police are in my area. Even if I did, you make an excuse and nothing would change. Police is a calling - not a job. You are talking aptitude, whats missing is the right ATTITUDE.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-04 23:45

      More Police training but three quarters of the police cant even write or read properly. YES BAAS.

      Robin - 2012-09-05 07:00

      Mthethwa trying to look alive..

  • EricksonTL - 2012-09-04 23:09

    There was this thing. Police training colleges. There were standards. The AA-ification of the cops forced all the trained professionals out, and put barely skilled rookies in their place. Your OWN policies did this Nathi old boy. Live with it, or admit you're wrong, and BEG the skilled okes from yesteryear to come back and train the clueless new guys.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-04 23:19

    Mr Mthetwa,this mite be news to u,but frm the vitimisation and brutality that some of ur force members meeted out on ppl i knw,they wud have been safer in Guantanamo Bay!

  • tommo.too - 2012-09-04 23:22

    I support our police. The hardest and most dangerous work they do. And everyone sh*ts on them. Just imagine having to be polite to Julius for example....

      tw2066 - 2012-09-05 06:45

      I support our police who CHOSE to do this as a CAREER. Those police are effective and never use excuses for doing a bad job. I have a good friend in SAPS like this. But, those who do this simply as job, who dont actually give a hoot, who are more worried about their own well being - and lets be TOTALLY HONEST - there are alot of these about - well the only support they need is a crutch to keep themselves propped up!!

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-05 00:00

    Create an edu system, social structure and economy where your choices as (especially male) not limited to Mineworker, Policeman, Labourer. Some people are patently not candidates for SAPS. Stop hiring them just because they show up/are connected to a Union. Circa 2000-2001 there was an exchange & training programme with the UK and USA. Allegedly, you brought that training back. Where are those candidates? What has happened to that learning? Ongoing training is the cornerstone of every successful police force but what has become of those already learned?

  • juannepierre - 2012-09-05 05:35

    Blah blah blah, the only fit cops I see are.... None. They are usually fat. The SAPS is a joke.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-05 06:35

    The SAPS are so busy dealing with violent protests all around the country that they don't have time to train and they have to know how to negotiate at these protests too!!! Those that deal with day to day crime should know how to run after the criminals instead of standing in one spot and firing shots and just watching the criminals get away...they need fitness training...hats off to those that do apprehend criminals and go the extra mile

  • Bruce Mabasa - 2012-09-05 07:07

    since you complain about everything the government does, why don't you come up with better solutions *white people*

      Jacques - 2012-09-05 07:38

      Since we have the highest employment rate of all race groups, we actually are the skeleton staff keeping this place afloat anyway. But you wouldn't know, would you? Too busy scouting companies to nationalise and stuff to demand, right, **black person**?

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-09-05 07:29

    Who has the state-of-the-art best-practice experience to train the policemen? Certainly not their ex-bank clerk Commissioner/general. So, who? And what are their credentials?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-05 10:13

      Get the old boys in - the people who were trained very well, and know what discipline is. Those who resigned/took packages due to AA promotions. Make them the new instructors for tomorrows police force. It's very easy to sort out who really wants to be a policeman by way of serious basic training.

  • Jacques - 2012-09-05 07:35

    You mean to tell me they are NOT continiously trained?! Silly me for assuming... SMH! They should also all have compulsory fitness training, criminals would think twice if they weren't up against doughnut-crammed officers who can't use firearms safely...

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-05 09:24

    The problem here is that most police officers are volunteers who do not qualify for government police training.yet these unprofessional are the ones that are given all the work to do while real police are out transporting their families in government cars.

  • piet.cronje.923 - 2012-09-05 11:34

    I am an old Cop and my son is in the force for the past 28 years. He is loyal dedicated and most probably one of the most trained officers in the force. He is a specialist task team trainer and other specialist traning aspects. As a Captain for more years than I remember he now sits in an office, wasting his time and expertise and you talk about training Minister?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-05 11:41

      Exactly. And so many of those highly trained personnel have been marginalised due to AA promotions. Has it worked? Do we have a better police force? Clearly not.

  • cyberjerk.ingram - 2012-09-05 12:07

    Training – start with Mthethwa.

  • dccouper - 2012-09-06 17:23

    Yes,training is the key to police improvement but coupled with that is how they are led and how their leaders model the behaviors they expect in the field. You cannot have your police officers abused by their leaders and expect them to treat the public with dignity and respect. I know. For more see, “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” ( in US and EU). And visit my blog at

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