Katlego Suzan Phala MPL
DA Spokesperson on Transport, Safety , Security and Liaison:
Today, the DA has written to the MEC for Transport, Safety , Security and Liaison, Mapula Mokaba Phukwane to probe the delay in hiring all police reservists on a permanent basis in various police stations across the province.
The DA was approached by two police reservists based in Seshego Police station who have been working there since 2007, have been properly trained, but are still not getting their monthly stipends.
Their counterparts in other provinces have been hired on a permanent basis. To make matters worse, in 2010, the names of some Limpopo reservists were removed from the SAPS system and replaced by other reservists related to the senior managers within the station. This came after they complained about the long wait in being made permanent officers.
When confronting the relevant authorities and seeking clarity about their issue, they were shoved from pillar to post and told to forget about becoming police officers.
Some have been made security guards outside police stations.
The DA believes that there may be plenty of reservists who have a similar problem across Limpopo, but who are scared to take the matter up, fearing they will be rejected from the SAPS for asking difficult questions. An urgent investigation by the MEC is needed.
It has been established that the Limpopo Police Commissioner, Lt.Gen. Fanie Masemola, is aware of the problem but is turning a blind eye to the matter.
The DA will also be writing to the Police Commissioner, seeking a thorough explanation regarding the delay and will demand a commitment to turn this problem around.
All reservists should be utilised to fight crime in this country, but after 8 years of service they must be given the opportunity at permanent positions.