There is talk of forcing pension onto members at the age of 55, with no talk of any adjustments for the Public Service Act employees who can still build pension up to the age of 65.
Any bit of information will be appreciated.
Captain from KZN
Servamus referred your letter to SAPS Head Office for feedback and received the following reply from Service Termination Management:
“Employees appointed in terms of the South African Police Service Act 68 of 1995 (SAPS Act) who reach the age of 60 years as provided for by the Pension Funds Amendment Act. 65 of 2001, must retire with pension upon reaching that age, except in extraordinary circumstances as contained in section 45(7)(a) of the SAPS Act. Such employee who is at least 50 years of age may, at any time before attaining the age of 60 years, give written notification to his or her commander of his or her wish to retire from the Service and provide the reasons for the notification.
Employees appointed in terms of the Public Service Act 103 of 1994 (the PSA), must retire with pension upon reaching the age of 65 years, except in extraordinary circumstances as contained in section 16(7) of the PSA. Such employee who is at least 55 years of age may, at any time before attaining the age of 60 years, give written notification to his or her Commander of his or her wish to retire.
Applying for early retirement is a voluntary process and no employee, whether employed under the SAPS Act or the Public Service Act is forced to retire earlier than their retirement age. All applications for early retirement must be approved by the executive authority (Minister of Police), before such employee may exit the Service.
Brig Kirsty Jonker
Section Head: Service Termination Management