Minister of police, Bheki Cele, has announced that almost 70 000 police officers will be promoted over the course of the next three years. This move, according to the minister, is long overdue
Bheki Cele, the police minister, has revealed that almost 70 000 police officers will be enjoying promotions in the next three years. Cele feels that this move is long overdue.
However, he was quick to clarify that this was not a fast track to top ranks and was rather to prevent officers from stagnating and to encourage growth.
Cele, as well as General Khehla Sitole, spoke to media in a briefing in Cape Town following the tabling of the budget for the next financial year. They explained that the first phase of post regrades will have 28 00 officers promoted.
By the end of the three-year plan, the promotions will be finalised and the police force will then resume the normal cycle of promotion.
“We are pleased to announce the grade progression of members in the service. There will be a regrading of certain categories, which will increase the number of people promoted,” Cele said.
In total, according to a press release issued by the SA Government News Agency, 69,219 members within grades five and seven were long overdue for progression considerations.
Other officers will also be regraded during the course of this year, including the special task force, counter-assault team, national intervention unit as well as the tactical response team.
Bheki Cele confirmed that all the regradings were effective as from the 1st of November 2018. He took the opportunity to call on management to follow due processes during these promotions and to ensure members were promoted as soon as possible.
“Joining SAPS should be seen and promoted as a career of choice,” he said, hopeful that the promotions would encourage not only existing officers but new recruits as well.
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