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Virginia Keppler
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19 Jun 2017
6:20 am

Go ahead for re-enlistment of former cops

Virginia Keppler

Returnees will be remunerated on the minimum notch applicable to their rank.

FILE PICTURE: Acting National Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba. Picture: Alaister Russell

Acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba has approved the re-enlistment of former police members from the rank of constable to warrant officer.

Mothiba said successful candidates will be re-enlisted in the ranks they previously held in the South African Police Service (SAPS) and be remunerated on the minimum salary notch applicable to their relevant rank.

He said information about the re-enlistment will also be posted on the SAPS website www.saps. under the heading, “Careers”. All applications will be considered based on the availability of vacant funded posts in terms of the fixed establishment of the SAPS.

The focus of the re-enlistment process will be to improve capacity in different SAPS environments, focusing on commercial crime units, organised crime units, detective units at police stations, family violence, child protection and sexual offences units, forensic social workers, intelligence gatherers, crime information officers, police stations, 10111 centres, K9 units, Public Order Policing, Mounted units and generic support.

Mothiba said former members, who left the SAPS on retirement (early retirement or who reached compulsory retirement age), were dishonourably discharged and/or dismissed from the SAPS, left the SAPS pending the conclusion of a disciplinary enquiry and/or criminal proceedings, left the SAPS longer than ten years ago or who are not able to render at least five years of pensionable service, will not be considered for re-enlistment.

Applicants must bear in mind that they will be subjected to a thorough screening process which will include, but not be limited to a psychological assessment, fingerprinting, reference checking, medical testing and screening of former SAPS employment records.

Applicants must:

  • Have been appointed as a member of the SAPS in terms of the police Act, 1995 (Act no 68 of 1995), serving in the rank of constable, sergeant or warrant officer;
  • Have successfully completed basic training and relevant functional police training courses, where applicable for operational posts;
  • Have a good disciplinary and attendance record when formerly employed in the SAPS; ɳ Have at least a Grade 12 (matric) or higher qualification;
  • Have a valid motor vehicle licence (Code B);
  • Be a South African citizen – proof must be furnished;
  • Be proficient in at least two of the official languages, of which one must be English;
  • Submit himself or herself to a medical examination as determined by the National Commissioner;
  • Undergo a psychological assessment;
  • Not have any visible tattoo marks when wearing uniform;
  • Have no previous criminal convictions and/or pending criminal disciplinary cases;
  • Allow his or her fingerprints to be taken and background enquiries to be made;
  • Not have been declared unfit to possess a firearm;
  • Be prepared to be deployed based on the needs of the SAPS;
  • and Not be involved in any business or activity that will be in conflict of interest with the integrity of the SAPS.