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Police Ministry to explore cost-saving methods to prevent job losses

SAPS has submitted a 2017/2018 annual performance plan of a strategy to reduce its personnel from about 194,000 to 191,431 by 2020.

FILE: SA Police Service members. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Police Ministry says it will explore other cost-saving methods to avoid shedding thousands of jobs.

The Public Servants Association (PSA) has threatened to take legal action against Police Minister Fikile Mbalula after revelations that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is planning to cut 3,000 jobs in the next three years.

The proposal is a response to Treasury's call for government entities to take active measures to curb state debt.

SAPS has submitted a 2017/2018 annual performance plan informing the Treasury of a strategy to reduce its personnel from about 194,000 to 191,431 by 2020.

The Police Ministry's Vuyo Mhaga says they want to increase the number of officers on the ground instead.

“We are doing a budget analysis to decide what needs to be prioritised, in terms of the human personnel, we are convinced that [job cuts] won’t be a good thing.”

Mhaga says increasing SAPS personnel will ensure safety and encourage foreign investment.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)