548 former police members being re-enlisted

DECEMBER 17, 2015

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has provisionally approved the re-enlistment of 548 former police members.

Of the 548 members, 309 will be deployed to the visible policing environment, 192 to detectives and 47 to the support environment.

This re-enlisting of former and experienced members – who have exemplary track records - back into the SAPS’ ranks is at an advanced stage. It is part of efforts to bolster service delivery, the police said on Thursday.

“Some of these members have already commenced with their duties, while others are expected to swell the ranks between now and February 2016,” police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.

The re-enlistment process was advertised earlier this year in an effort to fill 1 105 vacant posts. A total of 3 152 applications were received from former SAPS members.

“While we had 1 105 posts that needed to be filled, it must be noted that the focus of this exercise was on quality and not quantity. Therefore, from the 3 152 applications received, only 548 former members have been provisionally approved for re-enlistment.”

Naidoo said the process looked at members with no criminal records, no pending criminal cases against them and with a commendable track record of good performance.

In addition to the re-enlistment process, Naidoo said SAPS will be embarking on the recruitment of 4 500 new recruits to be enlisted by March 2016. - SAnews.gov.za