- The City of Johannesburg welcomed more than 1 000 new metro police officers on Monday
- The momentous occasion saw Mayor Herman Mashaba and JMPD chief David Tembe in attendance
- The ceremony held at the Nasrec Expo Centre was the biggest recruitment parade for any of Mzansi's metros, but many South Africans remained sceptical of their potential impact
It was an auspicious occasion and Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba hailed it as a key step in increasing public safety.
The City of Johannesburg welcomed 1 085 new metro police recruits at an impressive ceremony at the Nasrec Expo Centre.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the parade ceremony formed part of the largest recruitment drive of metro police officers for any of the metros within the country.
Mashaba was joined by Chief of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) David Tembe and he pointed out the current shortcomings, but also felt that the huge group of cops would make a difference.
Mashaba's honest assessment emphasised some of the issues plaguing government departments, such as cronyism and nepotism.
Although Mashaba is feeling upbeat about the recruitment drive, the move was met with scepticism from the public.
Briefly.co.za noted the public reaction following a Facebook post from the Intelligence Bureau SA group, in which a video clip from the parade was shared.
Rabs Vhafuwi poked fun when he said,
"The most expensive cold drink owners."
Ian Jacarumba added,
"Celebrating festive bribes ahead."
Irene Moyo suggested that the officers' slim physiques would soon be tested:
"They will be weighing 250kgs very soon from cold drinks and KFC."
Lyn Irene gave the recruits the benefit of the doubt and wished them well:
"Well done and please keep the name clean and be proud! Be safe out there ALWAYS."
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