- A record number of new recruits have joined the police
- This is a direct response to the needs of communities across South Africa
- The top-performing recruits were awarded bursaries
After passing out parades were carried out across South Africa, 4971 new constables completed their Basic Police Learning Development Programme after 8 months of training.
The parade celebrated constables from academies across South Africa. The numbers are as follows:
- Tshwane 2043
- Phillipi 1050
- Oudtshoorn 456
- Graaf Reinet 353
- Bhisho 1069
Briefly.co.za learned that 3416 of the candidates were men and 1555 were women.
It was a historic day, never before have there been more than 4000 new recruits, this is a reflection of the need South Africa for police.
The new recruits are placed on a 12-month probation period under the supervision of a mentor.
The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Khehla Sitole announced that 24 bursaries would be awarded to the top-performing recruits, the top 3from each of the 8 academies.
Of the 24 the best overall performing recruits were:
·Third place: Trainee J Plato from Bishop Lavis: PC: Western Cape
·Second place: Trainee Sinenhlanhla Ndlovu from Bisho: PC: KwaZulu-Natal
·First place: Trainee Simphiwe Ashton Maseko from Oudtshoorn: PC: Gauteng.
“Constables, your pass out parade takes place as the SAPS embarks on its annual Safer Festive Season Campaign. As part of our efforts to turn the tide against crime, I have instructed all officers not to take leave during this Festive Season.This directive also includes you! Yes, ZizoJika Izinto and we will TURN THE TIDE AGAINST CRIME with all of you onboard. As you pass out today, I want you to hit the ground running. Go out there and work in teams to ensure that the season is festive for all South Africans and remains that way.We want to see you visible on the streets, in all public areas at sporting events, concerts and parks, malls. You are being given marching orders to serve and protect WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR,” said Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele.
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