Question NW297 to the Minister of Police

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14 August 2019 - NW297

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What number of (i) SA Police Service (SAPS) reservists are there in each province for each cluster and (ii) applications to become an SAPS reservist were received in the past five financial years, (b) how long does it take, on average, from the time that an application to become a police reservist is received until an applicant becomes a reservist and (c) what (i) practical steps is the SAPS taking to boost dwindling reservist numbers and (ii) number of SAPS reservists are currently in training in each province?


(a)(i) On 30 June 2019, the number of reservists in each province, per cluster in the South African Police Service (SAPS), was as follows:

Beaufort West Cluster 18

Tygerberg Cluster 51

Cape Town Cluster 57

Da Gamaskop Cluster 57

Blue Downs Cluster 46

Eden Cluster 52

Overberg Cluster 51

Khayelitsha Cluster 72

Milnerton Cluster 44

Mitchells Plain Cluster 96

Nyanga Cluster 65

Winelands Cluster 36

Vredenburg Cluster 32

Vredendal Cluster 25

Worcester Cluster 101

Wynberg Cluster 64

Eastern Cape Clusters Total: 981

Alice Cluster 35

Aliwal North Cluster 63

Butteiworth Cluster 41

Cofimvaba Cluster 6

Cradock Cluster 20

East London Cluster 40

Elliot Cluster 5

Graaff-Reinet Cluster 27

Grahamstown Cluster 16

Humansdorp Cluster 34

King Williams Town 76

Mdantsane Cluster 92

Motheiwell Cluster 69

Mount Ayliff Cluster 74

Mount Fletcher Cluster 34

Mount Road Cluster 59

Mthatha Cluster 95

Port Alfred Cluster 8

Port St Johns Cluster 12

Queenstown Cluster 44

Uitenhage Cluster 131

Northern Cape Clusters Total: 577

Pixley Ka Seme Cluster 174

Frances Baard Cluster 132

John Taolo Gaetsewe 78

Namakwa Cluster 79

Zf Mgcawu Cluster 114

Free State Clusters Total: 530

Bethlehem Cluster 47

Ficksburg Cluster 25

Kroonstad Cluster 13

Mangaung Cluster 63

Park Road Cluster 14

Phuthaditjhaba Cluster 52

Zamdela Cluster 57

Selosesha Cluster 111

Smithfield Cluster 46

Thabong Cluster 38

Trompsburg Cluster 24

Welkom Cluster 40

KwaZulu-Natal Clusters Total: 831

Ethekwini Inner South Cluster 89

Umzinyathi Cluster 11

Ethekwini Central 33

King Cetshwayo Cluster 48

Umgungundlovo North 29

Ethekwini Inner North 85

Harry Gwala Cluster 48

llembe Cluster 43

Umkhanyakude Cluster 32

Uthukela Cluster 23

Amajuba Cluster 55

Ethekwini Outer North 51

Umgungundlovo South 55

Ethekwini Inner - Outer 47

Ugu Cluster 88

Zululand Cluster 60

Ethekwini Outer South 34

North West Clusters Total: 749

Brits Cluster Commander 129

Klerksdorp Cluster 168

Mahikeng Cluster 145

Pudimoe Cluster 91
Rustenburg Cluster 60

Vryburg Cluster 73

Zeerust Cluster 83

Mpumalanga Clusters Total: 976

Acornhoek Cluster 220

Ermelo Cluster 127

Pienaar Cluster 97

Kwamhlanga Cluster 83

Lydenburg Cluster 1

Middelburg Cluster 69

Piet Retief Cluster 36

Secunda Cluster 79

Standerton Cluster 80

Tonga Cluster 102

Witbank Cluster 82

Limpopo Clusters Total: 1179

Bela Bela Cluster 22

Groblersdal Cluster 73

Lebowakgomo Cluster 316

Lephalale Cluster 31

Giyani Cluster 128

Mahwelereng Cluster 57

Makhado Cluster 92

Modimolle Cluster 20

Polokwane Cluster 2

Seshego Cluster 62

Thohoyandou Cluster 192

Tzaneen Cluster 71

Burgersfort Cluster 57

Mankweng Cluster Commander 56

Gauteng Clusters Total: 2278

Johannesburg North Cluster 113

Ekurhuleni Central 132

Tshwane North Cluster 214

Johannesburg East Cluster 99

Johannesburg West Cluster 141

Johannesburg Central Cluster 126

Ekurhuleni West Cluster 158

West Rand Cluster 151

Tshwane East Cluster 77

Soweto West Cluster, 231

Soweto East Cluster 126

Tshwane West Cluster 166

Sedibeng Cluster 231

Ekurhuleni East Cluster 89

Tshwane Central Cluster 72

Ekurhuleni North Cluster 152

(a)(ii) Since the lifting of the moratorium on the recruitment and selection of reservists, in 2016, the recruitment of reservists is a continuous process and up to date, a total of 11 293 applications have been received.

(b) It takes an average of 30 months, from the time that an application is received, until a person is appointed as a reservist. The recruitment and selection process takes an average of six months and the training takes an average of 24 months.

(c)(i) The SAPS lifted the 2009 moratorium on the recruitment of reservists and since 2016, the recruitment and selection of reservists is an ongoing process in order to ensure that the numbers of reservists are continuously increased.

The SAPS has also relaxed some of the appointment requirements, in terms of National Instruction, 3 of 2014, to ensure that the scope is widened to attract a larger pool of candidates. The recruitment drive, for the 2019/2020 financial year, will be announced shortly.

( c )(ii) The number of SAPS reservists, who are currently in training in each province, is as follows:

Eastern Cape 199

Free State 164

Gauteng 370

KwaZulu-Natal 427

Limpopo 234

Mpumalanga 158

North West 109

Northern Cape 74

Western Cape 123

Total: 1 858

Reply to question 297 recommended



Date: 2019-08-07

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Date: 2019-08-13

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