The IFP calls for an end to nepotism, abuse of public power and neglect of rule of law following allegations of unfair labour practice, which has been linked to nepotism, after many hopeful applicants complained that their names had been removed from the "grooming camp" list of the SAPS.
"Thirty nine hopeful applicants from Kokstad and in other areas in KZN went through a series of examinations but at the last hour they were told that the province had changed the list, citing additional requirements that were not in the initial advertisement. Others were told that they did not make it because they don't have a B symbol in English in their matric certificates. This clearly shows that there is a hidden agenda which could be related to nepotism in the recruitment process at SAPS," said IFP KZN Spokesperson on Police, Mr Blessed Gwala.
"Prejudiced but deserving potential police recruits, who could have joined the police force to enhance a credible SAPS, will be lost to SAPS through unprofessionalism, fraud and corruption. If police management has any hope of restoring discipline and efficiency in the organisation, they will have to set the correct example starting at the top of the organisation. While statements from our political and police leadership about improving the calibre of police officials are to be welcomed, it is of little use to clean up recruitment at the point of entry, when at a more senior level the process of appointment and promotion is clouded in controversy and suspicion," continued Mr Gwala.
"Every effort must be made to ensure that the appointment and promotion processes are open, transparent and impartial. Importantly, an independent body must immediately investigate all allegations of unfairness related to the selection of applicants. Where allegations are found to be true, timely and appropriate action must be taken by top leadership to rectify the situation.
Policing in South Africa can only improve if police leaders and managers are men and women of integrity who possess the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to solve the challenges currently facing the organisation," concluded Mr Gwala.
The IFP calls on the KZN Police Commissioner, Lt Mamonye Ngobeni, National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega and the Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko to urgently investigate this matter and they must provide relevant answers as to why these applicants were left out in the cold.
Mr Blessed Gwala,
IFP KZN Spokesperson on Police, 078 290 5842
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