The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) has called for a skills audit following General Khehla Sitole’s axing as National Commissioner.
The union said it is concerned that the trend relating to South Africa’s post-democratic National Police Commissioners has not yielded any tangible successes.
POPCRU said it has noted the report into the July Unrest and is of the view that the removal of individual personalities is on its own not a sufficient enough remedy in adequately addressing the deep-rooted challenges faced by policing in South Africa.
“Since the year 2000, there have been 8 National Police Commissioners, and with 7 of them serving since 2009. Among the 8, 4 held this position on an acting basis. This has had far-reaching consequences for the SAPS in its entirety and has demonstrated the instability of an organisation that is to this day in the midst of a wider crisis.
“There is a dire need for a skills audit within the SAPS managerial positions, which will ensure the identification of the gaps in required competencies and assist with getting the relevant interventions to take the work of the organisation to greater