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Police Minister, Bheki Cele.
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North West SAPS to train 442 new officers – Bheki Cele

The North West SAPS are beefing up their members as Minister Cele announced the training of 442 new officers – but what are the requirements?

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Police Minister, Bheki Cele.
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Minister of Police Bheki Cele, during his Presidential Imbizo, revealed that new officers are being trained. In Mahikeng, North West, Cele stated that 442 new police officers will be trained.

Cele gives details about the 442 new recruits

Cabinet members were led by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Imbizo. Members were responding to a number of concerns put forward by the community. Cele went into detail about the requirements necessary for the recruitment of the new police officers.

The Minister explained that in the North West alone, 442 officers will be trained, reports SABC News. He revealed that there are minor things that applicants should know about becoming members of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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“From this province, we’ll be training 442 new police officers. I hope you have applied and there are simple things that you’re supposed to know if you’re going to be a member of the South African Police.”

Bheki Cele, Minister of Police

What are the requirements for application?

The minor requirements are as follows, according to Cele:

  • Applicants must be South African
  • 30 years old
  • Have no criminal record
  • Be healthy
  • Have a matric and;
  • No tattoos are allowed.

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Cele added that the above requirements are understandable and will allow for eager applicants to be accepted.

“All those things. I am sure that you understand (that) then you’ll become a member of the South African Police.”

Minister Bheki Cele willing to resign… but only if asked to

Police Minister Bheki Cele says he is willing to resign from Cabinet, but only when asked by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Calls have been mounting for Cele and his colleagues in the security cluster to step down after a report found that they responded poorly to the July riots. Speaking to eNCA‘s programme Power to Truth, BhekiCele says if someone can do a better job, he would be more than happy to step down.

“I believe that if somebody can do better they must come and do that… From the President it doesn’t even have to ask me to resign he can just ask me to go and I will go…happily so,” he said. Read the full story here.