Bheki Cele promotes 28,000 cops this year – with another 40,000 to come

Cape Town- Police Minister Bheki Cele has announced that close to 70 000 police officers will be promoted in the next three years, Cele said the promotions are long overdue.

However the police minister said the decision was not a quick fix to the top. During a briefing with the media in Cape Town, after parliament tabled SAPS 2018/19 budget vote, Cele and national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole, said the first phase of the post regrades would see 28,000 officers being promoted.

“In three years, they would all have been finalised and thereafter go into a normal cycle of promotion. We’ll try hard not to have this kind of situation where people are stagnant and don’t grow,” said Cele.

A press release issued by the SA Government News Agency, 69,219 members within grades five and seven are long overdue with promotions.

“We are pleased to announce the grade progression of members in the service. There will be a regrading of certain categories, which will increase the number of people promoted,” Cele said.

“Over and above the 28 000, we then have grading in respect of the special task force, counter assault team, national intervention unit and tactical response team. Then we have the protectors, which will have two gradings. Close protectors will be on warrant officer level and static protectors at sergeant level,” he said.

Regradings were effective November 1.

“Joining SAPS should be seen and promoted as a career of choice. We are calling on the management to follow due process during the promotions and ensure deserving members are promoted in the near future,” said Cele.

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