DA calls for an investigation into discrimination by SAPS

FEATURED Provincial

The DA calls for an urgent investigation into allegations of discrimination made by job seekers against the South African Police Services (SAPS) in Mpumalanga.

Last month, SAPS advertised 5 000 positions nationally to recruit entry level trainees, who would be trained in all nine provinces. Applicants from Mpumalanga allege that they were required to travel as far as Mbombela to hand deliver applications, instead of submitting to their local police stations. Mbombela is far to residents in the districts of Gert Sibande and Nkangala.

At 38.6%, Mpumalanga has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, coupled with social issues. Government cannot expect people to travel far distances to submit CVs or work applications.

The DA calls on Mpumalanga MEC of Community Safety and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe, to urgently investigate these allegations. This has a potential to damage the image of SAPS in the province.

We expect the MEC to lead by example and ensure that appointments and promotions in the SAPS are fair, transparent and open. Deserving people must be appointed irrespective of the areas they come from.

If any official is found to have abused their power concerning these applications, they must face the full force of the law.