SA Police Service

By | June 16, 2022

SA Police Service

SA Police Service

SA Police Service

SA Police Service

  • When President Nelson Mandela was elected as the first President of the new South Africa in 1994, the era of “apartheid” was officially ended. This new democratic system ushered in several changes in the country, as well as had a significant impact on policing. Mr. Sydney Mufamadi was named the new South Africa’s first Minister of Safety and Security. Deputy Minister Joe Matthews assisted him.
  • South Africa was divided into the TBVC States, Self-Governing Territories, and Development Regions prior to 1995. (old South Africa). The TBVC States possessed independent status, but the international community did not recognize them. Homelands were also used to refer to the TBVC States and Self-Governing Territories (see map). The following were the so-called Homelands:
  • TBVC States:  Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei

  • Self-Governing Territories:  Gazankulu, Kangwane, Kwandebele, Kwazulu, Lebowa and Qwaqwa

Each Homeland had its own policing agency, for a total of eleven policing agencies in the country (ten homelands and the old South African Police). The uniforms, rank systems, and conditions of service for each of the eleven policing agencies were all different, and they were all founded under various laws.

The Homelands and old development regions were disbanded and incorporated into a single South Africa with nine provinces when the interim constitution was adopted in 1994. The new Constitution established a single South African National Police Service under the executive direction and authority of a National Commissioner chosen by the President.

President Nelson Mandela selected General George Fivaz as the first National Commissioner of the new South African Police Service on January 29, 1995. (click here for his inauguration speech). National Commissioner George Fivaz was in charge of merging the eleven policing agencies into a single, united South African Police Service, as well as aligning the new Police Service with new legislation and the country’s transformation process.

In 1999, South Africa held elections, and Minister Sydney Mufamadi was replaced as Minister for Safety and Security by Minister Steve Tshwete, who was nominated by the country’s new President, Mr. Thabo Mbeki. Mr. Joe Matthews, the Deputy Minister for Safety and Security, was retained.

His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa, announced the appointment of General Sehlahle Fannie Masemola as the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service on March 31, 2022. When the new National Commissioner formally took office on April 1, 2022, the Ministry of Police introduced him to the top management of the SAPS from all provinces.

SA Police Service

The SAPS has positions available in a variety of sectors. You can either become a police officer or a civilian employee if you join the SAPS. The South African Police Service Act of 1995 governs the employment of police officers (Act No 68 of 1995). The Public Service Act of 1994 governs the employment of civilians (Act No 103 of 1994). The majority of active police officers are involved in preventing, combatting, or investigating crime. Support functions are performed by other police officers and civilians.

Career Opportunities:

Police Trainees
Job Title Remuneration Level Location Closing Date
Police Trainee R4500 per month National 2022/06/30


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