Reduced police won't affect SA's security

The proposal to reduce police staff would not affect the country's security.

South African Police Service. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The police on Monday said the proposal to reduce staff by nine thousand is not definitive and would not affect the country's security.

The Police Ministry said it hired over 50,000 new officers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, taking the yearly total to 11,000 instead of the usual 3,500.

It emerged the Treasury has recommended that the Police Ministry reduce its staff by 9,000.

The police's Vish Naidoo said, "Reducing our numbers is not going to compromise our security."

Meanwhile, South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world.

Early in 2012, it emerged that 27,000 police officers were not adequately trained in using firearms.

Following the revelation the ministry tried to disarm the members, but the operation has since been halted.

Acting national police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said officers who had already been disarmed would get their weapons back.