SAPS Gauteng’s zero tolerance to recruitment corruption, one suspect arrested

Parktown: The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Gauteng Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has reiterated the province’s zero tolerance to corruption and commitment to rooting out any corruption within the SAPS ranks. This, after an administration clerk from Jabulani Police Station tried to bribe a recruitment officer based at the Provincial Head Office to favour her children’s applications for the new trainees recruitment drive.

On 30 June 2022 which is the closing date for submissions for the Basic Development Learnership Programme recruitment, the administration clerk walked into the recruitment offices and handed over an envelope of applications to the recruitment officer. The officer then opened the envelope wherein there was another envelope containing a sum of R10 000 was found.

The recruitment officer reported the matter to her commanders and the administration clerk was placed under arrest. She will be charged with bribery and appear before the Hillbrow Magistrates’ Court soon.

The Provincial Commissioner has also acknowledged that the province is starting to see positive results from the internal implementation of anti-corruption strategy. “It is disheartening that one of our own has tried to bribe a recruitment officer. However, I am also pleased that our efforts to fight corruption within our ranks is paying off,” said Lt Gen Mawela.

We are appealing to the public and potential recruits that have knowledge of recruitment corruption to come forward with any information.

No payment is required to be eligible for employment in the SAPS.

Tip-offs may be reported to the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or via MySAPS App.

Source: South African Police Service