According to an article published in the Sunday Times at the end of 2017, the SAPS has splashed out on what are believed the most expensive bulletproof vests in the world. Allegedly almost R6.7 million has been paid so far for the 200 hi-tech lightweight vests and for ballistic testing. In comparison, the police are paid only R400 for danger allowance (although the SAPS uses the wording of "service allowance", it is a danger allowance).
I have asked myself: what is R400 compared to these critical dangerous conditions under which we are working? Two police officials of Mount Road Police Station were attacked by robbers when they attended a robbery crime scene: Const Mjandana lost her life at the crime scene while Sgt Frans was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
Tell me if that danger allowance of R400 is enough? Some members spend R400 on dinner for two in only one night! There is a statement that I hate, namely when those at the top used to say that if you came to the SAPS for money, you are in the wrong organisation, whereas they are earning a lot of money (as if that it is their last payment at SAPS) compared to junior members.
Minister Mbalula, if you can sort out the levels within SAPS - I know that you are a man of men - there is a great difference [in the salaries]:
Suggested salary notches for Police Service Act members:
Constable: R207 656
Sergeant: R260 255
Warrant Officer: R335 225
Captain: R417 552
Lieutenant-colonel: R525 676
Colonel: R779 879.
Plus a service allowance of up to R1500 for all those who are working operationally.
To detectives, this is R1000 because there is a lot of work there and few people who want to go there.
As the organisation we must stop and avoid this wasteful expenditure.
Another issue is the 1% increment that members received after three years - that agreement is supposed to be reviewed because it is not working. We are working for one government, and it is supposed to be done according to other departments.
Minister of Police and South Africans, you can see the performance and work of SAPS members. I have done the study but I don't have another platform to present it.
Minister, please consider this letter favourably and take it to another level.
Concerned member via e-mail