- It was revealed that over 4000 Western Cape police officers have failed to pass their firearm competency test
- This shocking number is a disappointment to the South African Police Service
- Reports that state the failure of the South African Police Force is a cause for worry for South Africans
In South Africa, the public's trust and confidence in the police are becoming less and less every day.
The South African Police Service is often in the news about their incompetence and "horrible service delivery".
Three months ago, Briefly.co.za reported that there are members of the South African Police Service who are still illiterate.
Members of Parliament's police portfolio committee were left shocked when they were told that the SAPS still has illiterate members in its ranks.
This has been confirmed by Sehlahle Masemola, the deputy commissioner for policing when asked about the monitoring police pocketbooks.
Briefly.co.za learned that MPs have received complaints of people being turned away from police stations when they have lodged complaints. The MPs have asked if literacy had any role to play in these incidents according to ewn.co.za.
Now it has become known that many Western Cape police officers have failed their firearm competency tests.
According to a reply that was sent to the spokesperson on Community Safety of the Democratic Alliance, about 27% of the police officers in the Western Cape had to return their guns because they didn't pass their tests.
This means there are now 27% less armed members of the South African Police Force patrolling the streets of the Western Cape.
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That might not seem like such a high number, but when you look closely at the numbers it translates into more than 4500 officers that will not be able to respond adequately to a hostile situation.
What use will a police officer without a firearm be when faced with armed criminals?
The chairperson of the Standing Committee on Community Safety (in the Western Cape), Mireille Wenger, says this is the highest amount of failed officers in 3 years.
If one looks at the total number of operational or Police Act personnel in the Western Cape which is just over 16,000, it would indicate that just over a quarter of operational SAPS officers did not manage to finish their firearms competency tests last year.
Reports of this kind is a disappointment for the South African police.
People often use social media to air their grievances with the SAPS:
Bongani Mkongi, Deputy Minister of Police, has pointed out one of the South African Police Force's flawed approaches:
Corruption and poor service delivery in the SAPS is a problem that worries all South Africans:
Police competence is in a worrying state; add to that the illiteracy of the officers and no one can blame South Africans that they don't respect or trust the South African Police Service.
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