Former SAPS members can now apply for re-enlistment


The South African Police Service (SAPS) has announced that the re-enlistment process of former employees has been given the green light for the 2016 / 2017 financial year.

In a statement, police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said the process, which is aimed at boosting capacity in so-called specialised environments such as the detective service, visible policing, K9-unit and public order policing, will involve the re-admittance of members to the ranks of constable to colonel depending on the position held when they left service.

He said members keen on re-enlisting would be subjected to a comprehensive screening in order to determine their psychological state, fingerprinting, medical condition, references and checking of records before they left the force.

Former members who left on retirement, had been dismissed, found to have been dishonourable or guilty of criminal conduct, or boarded on medical conditions, would not be allowed to re-apply.

“This re-enlistment process will not replace or affect the normal recruitment and training process. It goes without saying that we are looking to re-employ the best-of-the-best, former employees who have a lot to offer in terms of past experience, skills integrity and commitment,” Naidoo said.

“During the previous re-enlistment process, 3 152 applications were received but only 529 met the prescribed criteria. Of these, 180 were deployed in the detective service, 297 in the visible policing environment and 52 in the support environment with ranks ranging from the rank of Constable to Colonel.

“The huge number of applications received in comparison with the number of appointments is a clear indication that the process focusses on quality and not quantity”.

Requirements needed for re-enlistment includes the following: 

  • successful completion of basic police training and relevant functional police training courses (for operational environment)
  • possession of at least a senior (Grade 12) certificate or higher qualification
  • a valid light vehicle (Code B) or heavier driver’s license
  • no criminal record or criminal case pending and must not have been declared unfit to possess a firearm
  • applicant must be able to serve in the SAPS before reaching the pensionable age of 60 years
  • applicant must be willing to be deployed based on the needs of the SAPS which may include relocating at own expenses and/or accepting a post away from his current place of residence;
  • applicant must not be involved – or have been involved – in any business / activity which will compromise the integrity of the SAPS or be in conflict with the interests of the organisation.