Phiyega: Attrition levels higher than normal in SAPS

She blamed this squarely on perceptions among the officers that they may lose their pensions.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has expressed concern over increasing levels of attrition within the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The issue was highlighted in Parliament today as Phiyega briefed Members of Parliament (MPs) on the SAPS's turnaround strategy in terms of its inspectorate unit.

The commissioner admitted levels of attrition within the service are higher than normal.

She blamed this squarely on perceptions among the officers that they may lose their pensions.

In a bid to set the record straight regarding government pension funds, Phiyega told MPs they've embarked on a rigorous roadshow over the last two weeks.

She said they do not want to lose skilled policemen and women.

The police chief said some members are retiring and to fill the gaps, they're looking at possibly rehiring retired officials, who are in good standing, to return to the service.

Phiyega said this is necessary in order to continue to build the capacity of SAPS.

Western Cape Police Commisioner Arno Lamoer told the committee this is a reality in the province.

He said after a number of years, some members who've been recruited from neighbouring provinces chose to return home.