The South Africa Police Service (SAPS) states that its labor force has actually gradually decreased over the last 5 years.

The SAPS presently has around 184,000 team member, with around 39,000 working as civilian staff members.

In a discussion to parliament today, the cops service stated it lost an overall of 32,662 personnel through natural attrition from 2016/17 to 2020/21.

Over the exact same duration, it has actually used 20,959 staff members through brand-new employees and lateral entrants, leading to a bottom line of 11,703 members.

A few of the most typical factors for members leaving the SAPS, over the previous 5 years consist of:

  • Age
  • Illness
  • Death
  • Much better reimbursement
  • Individual factors
The SAPS stated that the decrease can likewise be partly credited to its early retirement procedure, with an overall of 2,825 staff members left the SAPS through the program, without the penalisation of pension advantages.

Tomb issue

The decrease in SAPS members was not the only issue raised in parliament, with concerns such as a top-heavy labor force, an absence of resources, and an absence of clear management all highlighted as possible concerns.

” It is unsustainable to have a top-heavy SAPS organisational structure which hinders the functional requirements on the ground,” stated Tina Joemat-Pettersson, chairperson of parliament’s committee on authorities.

” An efficient and nimble authorities service needs appropriate personnels, particularly at police headquarters level to render services to individuals.”

Joemat-Pettersson stated the committee is worried that the cops to population ratio is presently at 1:327 with an increasing ratio year-on-year.

” While the committee acknowledges the budget plan decrease for the authorities, particularly in the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and the prospective unfavorable effect it will have on the stability of the SAPS, it stays of the view that a top-heavy structure adversely affects the dexterity and capability of the SAPS to be responsive to its required.”