KZN faces revolt by police reservists

Police Burial

Celani Sikhakhane

KZN SAPS authorities are facing a revolt from police reservists who are up in arms over alleged corruption in the recruitment of new members.

The chaos started last week after police reservists complained that some station commanders were overlooking them in favour of relatives who had never been part of the training program.

In Gluckstadt Police Station, police authorities were in a war of words with reservists who accused one of the authorities of putting his daughter – who had never participated in training – on the list.

“That Captain told us that not all of the reservists would be hired so we must put that in our mind. One of the girls, NP Nene, cried and tried to commit suicide because of that,” said one of the reservists who did not want to be named.

During the state of the nation address President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that about 12 000 police personnel will be recruited in response to the challenges the SAPS faced in KZN and Gauteng due to the July unrest.

Another source said that they put all their lives on the line during the unrest while full time cops refused to work day and night to protect malls and state property from looters.

“We did that with a hope that we will be the first to be considered when recruitment happens. What is happening now is painful. We are witnessing corruption where family members are taken from home to overtake us for recruitment,” said one reservist.

On Thursday a voice note was circulating, claiming that corruption in the process was rife and had escalated to police headquarters in Durban.

Police Minister spokesperson Lirandzu Themba told Scrolla.Africa that it would be difficult for them to comment on this issue since the recruitment is run by the Human resources department in the SAPS.