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ISSThe Citizen reports that according to the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), the police were secretly promoting hundreds of unqualified and inexperienced officers into management positions based on their political affiliation.  

According to the ISS’s Dr Johan Burger, the SAPS was promoting 600 people into management positions not necessarily because they had the skills or experience but primarily because of their political affiliation.  “According to the plan, most will jump a number of ranks and be propelled into top positions without the many years of experience needed to become an effective commander,” said Burger.  He commented that the possible implications of the move were extremely worrying.  “It is also likely to seriously undermine the morale of many hard-working and professional officers who deserve promotion but may instead end up reporting to commanders with inadequate management ability,” he pointed out.  Burger noted that little information on the project had been made public and the SAPS had tried to keep the details secret.  Tumelo Mogodiseng of the SA Policing Union (Sapu) said they were not opposed to transformation in the SAPS, but it had to be done according to regulations and policies of the SAPS.  He added:  “We are told it (the promotions policy) is a Cabinet decision.”

  • Read the original report on this story by Gcina Ntsaluba in full at The Citizen

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