sapsTMG Digital reports that a parliamentary reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) question has revealed that almost half as many new police officers came out of SAPS training academies into active service in the previous financial year compared to four years ago.  

Figures released by the police ministry showed that there were only 2‚732 graduates from SAPS training academies in the last financial year compared with 5‚298 in the 2011/12 financial year.  DA spokesman on police matters Zakhele Mbhele commented:  “This is a very worrying trend which means the South African Police Service‚ already suffering from personnel shortages at station level across much of the country‚ is shrinking and will have less capacity to prevent‚ combat and investigate crime in the future.”  He went on to say:  This is a glaring failure in the SAPS’ human resource management which is rooted in an incompetent top brass who have the wrong priorities.”

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