Thousands of cops promoted in bid to 'boost morale and well-being'

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Police parade at the launch of the Safer Festive Campaign at the Rocklands Sports Field on November 15, 2022 in Mitchells Plain
Police parade at the launch of the Safer Festive Campaign at the Rocklands Sports Field on November 15, 2022 in Mitchells Plain
Brenton Geach
  • Over 11 00 police officers have been promoted to higher ranks.
  • Some of the appointments include those of senior managers in the Divisional Commissioner for Technology Management Service and Crime Intelligence.
  • Some of the promotions date as far back as April.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has promoted 11 364 officers to higher ranks in a bid to promote morale and enhance service delivery.

Some of the promotions date as far back as April.

National commissioner General Fannie Masemola announced at a media briefing on Friday that, of the 11 364, a total of 7 694 members had been promoted from the ranks of Constable to Sergeant and Sergeant to Warrant Officer.

"The promotion of members on the grassroots level of policing is part of the organisation's Human Capital Investment Strategy, which aims to boost the morale and well-being of members," Masemola said.

Some of the appointments were of senior managers in key positions, such as the Divisional Commissioner for Technology Management Service (TMS) and Crime Intelligence (CI).

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Major General Dumisani Khumalo has been appointed Divisional Commissioner for Crime Intelligence at the rank of Lieutenant General from 1 December 2022.

He joined the police in 1991 as a student constable and has served within the Operational Response Services (ORS) and Crime Intelligence for the past 26 years. 

Masemola said: 

Due to his meticulous information gathering and analysis skills, the officer was assigned to lead intelligence-driven investigations in KwaZulu-Natal from 2018 to date. The senior officer holds a BA Degree in Police Science

Major General Edith Mavundla has been appointed Divisional Commissioner for Technology Management Service at the rank of Lieutenant General.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe said these announcements preceded the welcoming of 10 000 newly trained police officers who had completed the nine-month Basic Police Development Learning Programme on Tuesday at various SAPS Training Academies. 



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