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sapsMaroela Media reports that in a report released last week on the career prospects that the SA Police Service (SAPS) offers to its non-commissioned officers, trade union Solidarity painted a bleak picture.  

Schalk de Bruin, head of Special Projects at Solidarity, expressed his concern that SAPS appointments were not being dealt with in a transparent, fair and rational manner.  He stated that ill-considered appointments offered very limited to no career prospects for SAPS members and were self-destructive.  “The SAPS also lacks processes to develop and retain institutional knowledge.  While we will not see the consequences of this lack straight away, it does have a direct impact on service delivery.  The deterioration of the SAPS is becoming more visible by the day,” De Bruin stated.  He went on to indicate that the union would place continued pressure on both the SAPS and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) to address the lack of proper career paths for police officials.  According to De Bruin, in some instances positions were being sold unlawfully to members who did not have the necessary competence and experience.

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