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sapsThe Star reports that a police re-enlistment advert has revealed how poorly paid the men and women in blue are, with thousands of police officers earning a meagre R14,633 per month.  

The SA Policing Union (Sapu) on Wednesday confirmed that an entry-level officer in the rank of constable earned only R175,596 a year, which translated to R14,633 a month before tax, union fees, unemployment insurance and medical aid deductions, among other things.  A unnamed police constable said that after all the deductions from his salary, he earned a little more than R8,000.  “I pay more than R3,000 in tax.  That is killing me.  We are on the streets chasing criminals and put our lives in danger but we have nothing to show for it,” said the 28-year-old officer, who started his job in January.  In his view, the poor payment of police was contributing to their involvement in crime, including taking bribes or colluding with criminals.  Sapu president Mpho Kwinika agreed with the constable and said that management should re-think salaries and pay officers better.  “Entry-level officers are the most important in the force.  When they are well-paid, they are happy and will do their job better,” Kwinika opined.

  • Read this report by Sibongile Mashaba in full at The Star

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