Outrage as police trainees forced to make their own transport plans – union speaks out!
The South African Policing Union has strongly criticised the provincial police for requiring the 2023 trainees to attend the Tshwane Training Academy.
Mogale Mmutle, the Gauteng secretary of the union, expressed shock and disappointment that the HR department of the country’s law enforcement ordered the trainees to arrange their own transportation to the training college. Mmutle stated that this instruction was both unprocedural and unethical.
According to Mmutle, all other trainees from various provinces received transportation to their respective police training academies. Therefore, Mmutle questioned why Gauteng trainees received the instruction to make their way to the academy independently. Mmutle also criticised the management for not arranging transport, despite knowing the trainees would attend the college.
Also read: Police Union Threatens Strike for Higher Wages
Mmutle argued that trainees must be transported and escorted by an identified escort officer solely for safety and to ensure that everyone has reported at the academies. In Gauteng, the police recruited over a thousand trainees, many of whom were unemployed and unable to afford transportation.
The union was concerned about the inconsistency in the police management’s approach to transporting some and not catering for others, as it raised a serious concern for the union and workers. Mmutle demanded that all trainees who had used their own money for transportation be reimbursed, and those who could not make it due to financial constraints receive assistance immediately.
Finally, the SAPS had yet to give details of the transport arrangement by the time of publishing.
Video of Thabo Bester dancing in his cell goes viral, sparking outrage and calls for investigation
Picture: Facebook / SAPoliceService