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sapsIndependent Media reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) has revealed that more than 2,400 reservists are currently undergoing training as new recruits in one of the police training colleges.

“We have 2,469 reservists that undergo training at a college which started on April 12 this year,” deputy police commissioner Francinah Vuma advised on Tuesday. She was responding to questions from Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Okkie Terblanche when the SAPS delegation made a presentation on its 2021/22 budget to parliament’s police portfolio committee. Terblanche said they had learnt that reservists were permanently employed and that they were in colleges notwithstanding last year’s intake of recruits having been suspended due the Covid-19 pandemic. “How many (do) they plan to train? How were they employed without being trained and found competent as members of SAPS?” he asked. Vuma explained the intake of reservists would be at the college for four months and that their training was shortened because they were already trained in a number of modules that were supposed to be part of basic training. She said they had planned to take 3,000 reservists but there were challenges that had been experienced. “We also plan a second phase. They (current intake) will be finishing in mid-August. In September there will be another intake of reservists,” she indicated. Vuma also said the normal recruitment of new constables would start again in January next year.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mayibongwe Maqhina at Independent Media

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