The South African Police Services (SAPS) briefed the Committee on its Annual Performance Plan (APP) and Budget for the 2021/22 financial year, in a virtual meeting. In Budget Vote 28, the Department of Police receives a budget allocation baseline of R108.21bn for the 2021/22 financial year. The baseline reductions amount to R11.85bn, relating primarily to the compensation of employees. In addition, R85.02 million was reprioritised from compensation, to transfers, to households. The Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) budget allocations for the 2021/22 financial year, amounts to R96.36bn. The budget allocations to provinces, including overtime provisions, and additional funding for prioritised functions, were sustained with an average of a four percent increase.
The top 30 high-contact crime weight police stations in the country were prioritised according to resources, including budget allocations. Additional funding was allocated to provinces for prominent matters such as Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) units, and programmes for Gender-based Violence Safety at police stations. An amount of R257 million was allocated as a baseline budget for operational and training purposes. An amount of R115 million was allocated for expenditure associated with trainees undergoing basic police development.
During the 2020/21 amnesty period, 23 737 legal firearms were handed in, and 74 600 illegal firearms were handed in. A total of 404 524 pieces of ammunition were handed in during this period as well. The State Attorney’s office received estimated claims to the value of R300 million for litigation on behalf of the SAPS, relating to civil claims and court actions. These actions are brought by members of SAPS to challenge charges, dismissals, and disciplinary actions which are implemented.
SAPS laid out targets for each of its programmes: Programme One deals with Administration and has 16 annual targets; Programme Two deals with Visible Policing and has 24 annual targets; Programme Three deals with Detective Services and has 29 annual targets; Programme Four deals with Crime Intelligence and has 12 annual targets, and Programme Five deals with Protection and Security Services and has seven annual targets.
The Committee noted concern about the budget for the compensation of employees constituting more than 70% of the SAPS budget; asked for clarity on how this increase in compensation correlated with the decrease reported in police visibility; raised concerns regarding incidents of police brutality being left unchecked; brought up the concern of a lack of consequence management, even when disciplinary actions are recommended by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID); and wanted clarity on how SAPS will deal with the allegations of officers colluding with criminal groups. The Committee said the people of South Africa need to know SAPS is keeping people safe, but incidents like these undermine public confidence.
The Chairperson welcomed Committee Members and the delegation from the South African Police Services (SAPS).
She noted apologies tendered by Mr G Michalakis (DA, Free State), and Mr I Sileku (DA, Western Cape).
The delegation from SAPS consisted of Mr Cassel Mathale, Deputy Minister of Police (who joined the meeting later); Gen Khehla John Sitole, National Police Commissioner; Lt Gen Sindile Mfazi, Deputy National Police Commissioner: Management Advisory Services, Maj Gen Puleng Dimpane, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), SAPS; Maj Gen Leon Rabie, Head of Strategic Management, Services, SAPS; and Dr Godfrey Lebeya, National Head: Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, SAPS, (Hawks). There were also non-executive officials from SAPS present.
The Chairperson of the Committee said it is the mandate of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to ensure provincial interests are taken into account at the national level. As such, the Committee asked SAPS to reflect on provincial budgets and provincial allocations for the implementation of gender-based violence (GBV) action plans, and the successes and challenges of the firearms amnesty programme (FAP).
Report of the Select Committee on Security and Justice on the 2021/22 Budget Vote 5, Annual Performance Plan (APP) of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
The Chairperson said the Deputy Minister of Police was held up in a Cabinet meeting at the time of SAPS current presentation to the Committee. She proposed the Committee move on to the next agenda item in the meanwhile, until the Deputy Minister of Police could join the meeting. The next item on the agenda was for the Committee to consider its draft report on the Budget Vote 5, which deals with DHA’s APP.
The recommendations and observations included in the Draft Committee Report included:
- The DHA should ensure the appropriate legal mechanisms are put in place at border posts to address the illegal border crossings from neighbouring countries. Members encouraged the DHA to continue its working relationship with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to ensure the country’s border posts are sufficiently protected.
- The Committee welcomed the detailed implementation plan for the Border Management Authority (BMA). Members recommended DHA strictly adhere to the timeframes for the implementation plan, to ensure BMA is implemented within the stipulated time.
- The DHA should address fraud and corruption within the entity, and at the border posts. Consequence management should be implemented to address these challenges.
- The DHA should ensure it engages extensively with all communities regarding the Marriage Policy, for all views to be captured in crafting the legislation.
- Members said the law enforcement operations function of DHA is of the utmost importance in curbing illegal migration. It raised concerns regarding the DHA’s capacity, and resource constraints. Members encouraged DHA to continue working cooperatively with law enforcement agencies, to ensure operations are not compromised.
- Members encouraged the DHA to roll out sufficient awareness-raising campaigns in light of the upcoming local government elections, to ensure all citizens receive identity documents, enabling citizens to register and vote during the elections in 2021.
- Members encouraged the DHA to continue implementing cost-saving measures to reduce the goods and services budget. This should include the move from private leases to state-owned properties.
- Members acknowledge the budget cuts in employee compensation. The Committee encouraged the DHA to ensure critical vacant posts are filled as a matter of urgency, and the current vacancies in provincial offices should be filled, so as not to compromise service delivery.
- Members raised concerns in relation to the long queues at DHA’s offices. DHA is entering into Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with various banks to address the matter. Members recommended the DHA address the matter urgently, to ensure efficient service delivery to all citizens.
- Members were concerned about the connectivity challenges of mobile units in rural areas, and recommended DHA prioritise this issue, to ensure citizens living in rural areas receive adequate access to the services provided.
- Members were encouraged by the DHA’s partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office, to address the backlogs which exist within the asylum application process. Members recommended DHA continue with this initiative to ensure asylum applications are processed expeditiously, to improve public confidence in the DHA.
- Members welcomed the DHA’s efforts to recruit 36 lawyers to assist with the backlog related to asylum seekers, and the ongoing process of filling 53 critical vacant positions. The Committee encouraged the DHA to find innovative ways to ensure the entity’s important services are not compromised significantly by the budget cuts.
The Chairperson said the Committee would continue with its oversight work over DHA’s capital projects within the provinces, and over the implementation of the BMA. She asked Members to indicate support for the adoption of the Committee’s Report. The DA abstained from voting. The Committee’s Report on Budget Vote 5, which deals with DHA’s APP, was adopted.
Briefing by the SAPS on its APP and Budget for the 2021/22 Financial Year
The next item on the agenda was for SAPS to brief the Committee on its APP and Budget for the 2021/22 financial year. Maj. Gen. Rabie presented the briefing.
Estimations of National Expenditure (2021):
The first part of the briefing related to information on the background to the estimations of national expenditure (ENE) for 2021; the allocation letter for the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period; spending trends; the budget allocation per financial programme; the budget for the 2021/22 financial year; the budget allocation per economic classification; the budget for the compensation of employees; general remarks on the MTEF funding analysis; and comments on the focus of the SAPS’ expenditure.
In Budget Vote 28, the Department of Police receives a budget allocation baseline of R108.21bn for the 2021/22 financial year. The baseline reductions amount to R11.85bn, which relates primarily to the compensation of employees. In addition, R85.02 million was reprioritised from compensation to transfers, to households. The MTEF budget allocations for the 2021/22 financial year, amount to R96.36bn. The spending trend for the 2021/22 financial year is expected to amount to R96.36bn.
The budget allocations per financial programme were outlined as follows: For Programme One (Administration), R19.94bn was allocated, showing a four point nine percent increase from the previous year. For Programme Two (Visible Policing), R49.53bn was allocated, showing a seven point two percent decrease from the previous year. For Programme Three (Detective Services), R19.54bn was allocated, showing a nought point seven percent decrease from the previous year. For Programme Four (Crime Intelligence), R4.11bn was allocated, showing a two point one percent decrease from the previous year. For Programme Five (Protection and Security Services), R3.23bn was allocated, showing a one percent decrease from the previous year.
The weight of economic classification was as follows: 78.1% for the compensation of employees; 16.9% for goods and services; three point six percent for capital payments; and one point four percent for transfer payments. The budget allocations per economic classifications consisted of R91.57bn for current payments, including the compensation of employees and the budget for goods and services; R1.33bn for transfers and subsidies; and R3.45bn in payments for capital assets, including buildings and equipment.
Specific Provincial Feedback requested by the Committee
The second part of the briefing related to specific feedback requested by the Committee. This included a breakdown of the provincial budget allocations for the 2021/22 financial year; the provinces and police stations which have been priorities over the MTEF period; the specific budget allocations for the 2021/22 financial year regarding training, recruitment, filling vacancies, gender-based violence action plans, the implementation of measures to improve firearms control, firearms amnesty, and litigation aspects.
The Budget Allocations to provinces were outlined as follows: the Western Cape was allocated R845.91 million; the Northern Cape was allocated R360.82 million; the Free State was allocated R516.26 million; the Eastern Cape was allocated R934.42 million; KwaZulu-Natal was allocated R1.18bn; Gauteng was allocated R1.49bn; Limpopo was allocated R585.63 million; Mpumalanga was allocated R500.7 million; and the North West was allocated R545.7 million.
It was reported the budget allocations to provinces, including overtime provisions and additional funding for prioritised functions, were sustained with an average of four percent increase. Provinces received its budget allocations, and still have to apportion it between the police stations within the respective provinces. This information will be provided to the Committee after the first quarter of the 2021/22 financial year. The provinces with the highest incidence of reported crimes were prioritised, regarding allocation of baseline budgets and resources. This includes Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and Mpumalanga.
In addition, the top 30 high-contact crime weight police stations in the country are prioritised according to resources, including budget allocations. Additional funding was allocated to provinces for prominent areas such as Family Violence, Child Protection, Sexual Offences (FCS) units, and programmes for Gender-based Violence Safety at police stations. A further R1.2bn was allocated to baseline activities related to gender-based violence, and for capacitating FCS units.
It was reported R257 million was allocated as a baseline budget for operational and training purposes, and R115 million was allocated to expenditure associated with trainees undergoing basic police development. Substantial budget reductions were introduced to the budget for the compensation of employees, which has a significant impact on the ability of SAPS to recruit and fill key vacancies. It is expected of SAPS to manage personnel numbers and to plan human resource processes, within the compensation of employees ceiling and budgetary limits, over the MTEF period. Filling key vacancies and recruitment processes are being prioritised within the boundaries of discretionary funding. Recruitment in the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI) and forensic environments are in progress.
In addition to the amounts allocated to the baseline of Division on Policing and Operations; to expenditure on firearm licencing; destruction; and amnesty processes; an amount of R30 million was allocated to firearm legislation, and to implement measures to improve control. An amount of R62 million was allocated to the Division for Technology Management Services (DTMS) for the development of a Firearms Control System (FCS). An amount of R6 million was allocated to the firearms amnesty budget.
During the 2020/21 amnesty period, 23 737 legal firearms were handed in, and 74 600 illegal firearms were handed in. A total of 404 524 pieces of ammunition was handed in as well during this period. Firearms surrendered for destruction will be permanently removed from circulation to reduce illegal activities, while firearms which were surrendered for relicensing, will enhance the integrity of the Firearm System Database. The COVID-19 pandemic was an impediment towards the implementation of the firearm amnesty. This is because of periodic closures of police, and restrictions on the movement of people and goods. More than 10 000 firearms were handed in during the last month of the amnesty period. There must be vigorous awareness campaigns prior to and during the amnesty period, to ensure maximum participation.
The State Attorney’s office is expected to receive claims to the value of R300 million for litigation on behalf of SAPS. It relates to civil claims and court actions brought by members of SAPS, challenging charges, dismissals, and disciplinary actions which were implemented.
The priorities of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and Outcomes (2020 to 2025)
The third part of the briefing related to the priorities outline in the State of the Nation Address (SONA), regarding policing and an overview of the SAPS’ outcomes and sub-outcomes for 2020 to 2025. SONA outlined the following outcomes and sub-outcomes for SAPS:
Outcome One: (Law upheld and enforced to underpins stamping the authority of government)
The sub-outcomes include ensuring increased feelings of safety in communities, ensuring constitutionally-grounded internal stability, striking a balance between trade and security at ports of entry, and identifying dignitaries and ensuring government interests are secured.
Outcome Two: (Thorough and responsive investigation of crime) The sub-outcomes include improving the perception of serious corruption in public and private sectors; ensuring increased feelings of safety in communities; reducing organised crime; improving the investigation of serious commercial crimes; and ensuring the comprehensive utilisation of forensic services in cases.
Outcome Three (Intelligence-led policing) The sub-outcomes include gathering and using crime intelligence to prevent, combat, investigate crime; institute counter-intelligence measures in SAPS; and enhance external cooperation and innovation on police reform and security matters.
Outcome Four (Collaborative and consultative approach to policing) The sub-outcomes include ensuring increased feelings of safety in communities; having citizens actively support the fight against crime; and the responsive policing of gender-based violence and femicide.
Outcome Five (A professional and culpable SAPS) The sub-outcomes include ensuring an effective and adequately resourced policing capability; institutionalising ethics and integrity management within SAPS; and promoting sound corporate governance.
Performance Measures and Budget Allocation per Financial Programme
The last part of the briefing related to information on the performance measures and budget allocation to each financial programme and sub-programmes of SAPS, which was outlined as follows:
Programme One (Administration) was allocated a total budget of R19.94bn for the 2021/22 financial year, with the sub-programmes for the Ministry, Management, and Corporate Services. The purpose of this programme is to develop departmental policy and provide administrative support. It should be noted the Civilian Secretariat for Police Services (CSPS) has its own Budget Vote, and no longer reflects as a transfer payment on the Budget Vote of the Police. The outcomes for Programme One included improved regulation of firearms; improved access to policing; modernising SAPS network and prioritised sites; improved capability of members of SAPS; implementing ethics and integrity; promoting sound financial management; inculcating a culture of regulatory compliance and performance management; and improving organisational performance. The APP outlined 16 annual targets for this programme.
Programme Two (Visible Policing) was allocated a total budget of R49.53bn for the 2021/22 financial year, with sub-programmes for Crime Prevention, Border Security, Specialised Interventions, and Facilities. The purpose of this programme is to enable police stations to institute and preserve safety and security, provide specialised interventions and policing of South African borders. The outcomes for Programme Two included the regulation of firearms; reduced availability of illegal liquor; reduced levels of contact crime; reduced levels of gender-based violence; reduced violence against women and children; strengthened community partnerships; increased police visibility; effectively policing incidents of a security nature which require specialised interventions; reduced illegal mining; and effective border security. The APP outlined 24 annual targets for this programme.
Programme Three (Detective Services) allocated a total budget of R19.54bn for the 2021/22 financial year, with sub-programmes for Crime Investigations, Criminal Record Centre, Forensic Science Laboratory, and Specialised Investigations. The purpose of this programme is to enable the investigative work of SAPS, including providing support to investigators relating to forensic evidence and the Criminal Record Centre. The outcomes for Programme Three included reduced levels of contact crime; reduced levels of violence against women and children; reduction of drug syndicates; reduction of organised criminal groups and gangs; an enhanced DNA database; the comprehensive utilisation of forensic investigations; reduced levels of serious corruption in the public and private sectors; the effective investigation of serious organised crimes; the successful investigation of serious cybercrimes; and the enhanced processing of forensic evidence case exhibits. The APP outlined 29 annual targets for this programme.
Programme Four (Crime Intelligence) allocated a total budget of R4.11bn for the 2021/22 financial year, with sub-programmes for Crime Intelligence Operations and the Management of Intelligence and Information. The purpose of this programme is to manage crime intelligence; analyse crime information; provide technical support for investigations and crime prevention operations. The outcomes for Programme Four included facilitating network operations to infiltrate criminal groups, making intelligence reports operational, conducting security risk and vetting assessments, and promotion of mutual assistance and cooperation between SAPS and other law enforcement agencies, to address transnational crime. The APP outlined 12 annual targets.
Programme Five (Protection and Security Services) was allocated a total budget of R3.26bn for the 2021/22 financial year, with sub-programmes for VIP Protection Services; Static Protection; Government Security Regulator; and Operational Support. The purpose of this programme is to provide protection and security services to all identified dignitaries, and to protect and secure government interests. The outcomes for Programme Two include the provision of in-transit and static protection; and regulated physical security at identified government buildings and strategic installations. The APP outlined seven annual targets for this programme.
Gen Sitole ended the briefing by saying SAPS tried to reply to the budget cuts by migrating resources to production levels. This resulted in the redistribution of resources. SAPS introduced a formal reorganisation and restructure of the entity. Regarding budget cuts for compensation of employees, he said SAPS had to invest in technology to compensate for the impact on service delivery.
The Deputy Minister of Police joined the meeting.
Mr E Mthethwa (ANC, KwaZulu-Natal) welcomed the briefing made by SAPS, and asked what measures are being implemented to increase police visibility. Regarding the compensation of employees, he noted it constitutes more than 70% of the budget, and asked how this increase in compensation correlated with the decrease reported in police visibility. He also asked for clarity on the high budget allocated to the firearm amnesty.
Ms C Visser (DA, North West) said it is necessary to see improvement when plans are implemented. She was referring to the implementation of the Rural Safety Plan, and said police stations in rural areas are often understaffed with inadequate resources, which has an impact on service delivery. She asked what the plans are regarding mobile units which were built, but are not yet operational. The significant backlog in applications for firearm licences is troublesome during the amnesty period. There are people who were waiting for more than 300 days to receive the renewal of firearm licences. During the last week, an investigative unit published its findings regarding the systemic reluctance to discipline officials implicated in unlawful killings, and other violent crimes of police brutality. There is a lack of consequence management, even when disciplinary actions are recommended by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). It results in officers who create problems continuing unchecked, and becoming repeat offenders with crimes which become more and more severe. She asked why the SAPS has not replied to these findings yet; and what the official position relating to these allegations are. She asked why so few allegations of police brutality are converted to disciplinary convictions or sanctions. The people of South Africa need to know SAPS is keeping everyone safe, but incidents like these undermine public confidence.
Mr T Dodovu (ANC, North West) welcomed the briefing made by SAPS. He said it is always refreshing to hear the Strategic Plan and APP from the Department of Police, and SAPS. He referred to the Deputy Minister of Police’s oversight visit to the North West province. On this occasion, the Deputy Minister he visited the area to attend to to the challenge of gangsterism, which has taken its toll on the province. Gangsters act with impunity and connive with municipal officials, or even with officers from SAPS. There are allegations about gangs colluding with the police, and SAPS is doing extraordinarily little to attend to the issue of organised crime. The measures which were put in place to curb gangsterism are not working, and organised crime is still rampant. These issues require specific consideration by the Department of Police. The briefing made by SAPS does not bring comfort. The Committee does not know issues of organised crime are being dealt with decisively. The North West province was placed under administration according to Section 100 of the Constitution. At this time, there were serious allegations of corruption, theft, and plundering of government resources. The information presented does not speak to how these issues will be addressed, and has a negative impact on public confidence in SAPS. He asked why the investigations into these allegations are not moving forward. It is in the interest of the communities in the North West province to expedite these cases.
Ms N Nkosi (ANC, Mpumalanga) welcomed the briefing made by SAPS. She said the government has set up various provincial task teams to end economic crimes. She asked what the role of SAPS is regarding these task teams; which measures are put in place by SAPS to curb economic crime; and regarding border safety, she said the government has fast-tracked the implementation and capacity building of the BMA to curb illegal immigration and transnational crime. She asked about the relationship between SAPS and the BMA; and asked for clarity regarding which provinces the new police stations referred to in the APP, will be established in. She wanted to know which measures are in place to ensure SAPS implements the recommendations made by the IPID and the Committee; which challenges currently in existence could affect the achievement of the annual targets; and how SAPS will mitigate these challenges. She asked for details on how SAPS and the Department of Police will reduce the extent of its irregular expenditure.
Mr K Motsamai (EFF, Gauteng) raised a serious concern about the prevalence of gender-based violence with senior police officials, and the relevant allegations made. He asked for more information on the instances of corruption and fraud within SAPS; and asked how ready reservist police officers are, should these officers be called for duty, as indicated in the APP.
Ms Z Ncitha (ANC, Eastern Cape) was pleased about the allocated budget set aside to combat gender-based violence. It is a problem which is quite real in South Africa, and needs to be addressed. She asked for more details regarding the plans to establish more rural police stations, and asked how this will be facilitated in light of the budget cuts. She asked how SAPS deals with high-contact crimes in isolated rural areas.
The Chairperson said the Committee raised many issues relating to the compensation of employees in previous engagements with the Department of Police and SAPS. The Committee heard about the plan to recruit from internal schools, and from reservists who are given an opportunity to return to duty. She asked for an update on the recruitment strategy of SAPS. Regarding the critical role played by voluntary community policing forums, she asked for more details on how these forums are integrated into the budget of SAPS. She asked what measures are being implemented by SAPS to ensure all police stations have operational vehicles. During previous engagements with the DPCI, there was significant interest in the specialised units dealing with cybercrimes and narcotics. However, issues were also raised regarding building capacity for these units. She asked how this was addressed by SAPS.
Responses by SAPS
General Sitole replied to the question on the compensation of employees constituting more than 70% of the SAPS budget. He said the percentage has to be scaled down over time, and scaled down through a stabilisation process. This includes the formal reorganisation and restructuring of the entity, and the migration of resources. The scaling down began with decreasing the number of senior managers. The budgets are used for the recruitment of new employees at lower levels. By doing this, SAPS is scaling down the macro functions, while still ensuring there is capacity at lower levels, so service delivery is not negatively affected.
Regarding the capacity of police stations, he said SAPS established the Integrated Resources Committee, constituted with a team of senior managers. The Integrated Resources Committee is tasked with driving the migration of resources to various police stations, and to ensure there is adequate redistribution of resources to police stations, especially those located in rural areas. The capacity building of rural police stations is a priority under the Rural Safety Plan, and SAPS ensures sufficient resources are allocated within the implementation of this plan. SAPS has identified and prioritised the police stations which are not operational. Three of the six police stations identified are located in the North West province. These police stations were non-operational because of work which was not completed by the appointed contractors. These police stations will become operational as a matter of urgency.
SAPS established another committee, tasked with determining the satisfaction level of sanctions applied in cases of corruption, fraud, and wrongdoing. When disciplinary processes are regarded as not satisfactory, there are several review processes which can be followed. SAPS has formally launched its clean-up campaign, and through it over 50 members of SAPS were arrested and subjected to consequence management. There is zero tolerance for any wrongdoers within SAPS. Measures have been put in place to eradicate wrongdoers, while also rewarding and recognising officials who serve the communities well. He said there are police stations which do not have operational vehicles at its disposal. SAPS ordered 4299 new vehicles to ensure police stations are adequately capacitated. The Integrated Resources Committee is tasked with the distribution of these newly acquired vehicles.
Regarding the concerns relating to the North West province, he said SAPS deals with gangsterism and organised crime predominantly through combat and prevention strategies. On reservists he said, visible policing is a priority for SAPS. There is an approved policy in place governing the employment and deployment of reservists, who are strictly deployed and paid in accordance with the policy in place. Regarding voluntary community policing forums, the processes are underway to ensure it is included in the budgets of the appropriate entities, such as the CSPS. The Gender-Based Violence Action Plan of SAPS will be forwarded to the Committee for consideration. On the question relating to irregular expenditure, he said there are various preventative measures in place. SAPS ordered a full review of its internal control and risk management frameworks, to improve it in ways which will curb the high levels of irregular expenditure. SAPS said measures are put in place to deal with the backlog in firearm licence applications.
Major General Dimpane referred to the question on how the increase in the compensation for employees correlated with the decrease reported in police visibility. The increase in police visibility was a result of salary increases, which were not provided for over the MTEF period.
Lieutenant General Mfazi replied to questions related to firearm amnesty. There are various consultations between SAPS and stakeholders, to find ways to resolve the backlog in firearm licence applications. The budget of R6 million which was allocated to firearm amnesty was not fully spent. The funds were used for marketing campaigns to inform South African people of the amnesty period, and for the necessary consumables. Regarding investigations into wrongdoing, SAPS has a good working relationship with IPID, and weekly meetings are held to ensure all involved law enforcement agencies are continuously informed about the progress of these cases. Some challenges in the finalisation of these investigations include internal officers being used to implement consequence management. The National Police Commissioner commissioned the establishment of a separate unit in SAPS, to deal with more serious matters.
SAPS is focused on recruiting matric graduates, graduates with police training, and recruiting reservists. The COVID-19 pandemic hampered the SAPS recruitment processes. During December 2020, approximately 2 500 reservists were recruited.
Dr Lebeya said the recruitment processes to fully capacitate DPCI are underway. Various campaigns and programmes are implemented.
The Chairperson thanked SAPS for the comprehensive briefing made to Members. She said she hoped SAPS will be able to meet the annual targets outlined in the APP, in light of the budget cuts.
The meeting was adjourned.
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