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ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107EWN reports that the Ekhuruleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) said that it was hoping that trainees would be able to qualify as metro cops by March next year, but warned that there were no guarantees in the middle of the pandemic.

Frustrated EMPD trainees have complained that their training was being deliberately stalled as a cost-saving measure. But the academy has blamed Covid-19 restrictions for the lengthy interruption, which has left the recruits demoralised as they try to survive on a meager R3,400 monthly allowance. The trainees were supposed to have already qualified as metro cops back in December. Chief of the training academy, Ndumiso Gcwabe, said that the EMPD was not stalling and also denied claims that on many days trainees had nothing to do at the academy. "Training is prescribed by the RTMC and the SAPS. I understand where they're coming from but we cannot change this course because of this," he pointed out. But according to some of the recruits, they were stuck in limbo and were at their wits' end. "We don't have a certificate and we don't want to leave without it being completed, so they're delaying it deliberately," one trainee claimed. The EMPD indicated that if there were no further Covid-19 restrictions, the recruits might qualify as metro cops by March, almost three years after they signed up for what was supposed to be an 18-month programme.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mia Lindeque at EWN


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