Swazi Observer - - FEATURES & OPINION -

SO, po­lice are on record say­ing they do not want the cost of liv­ing ad­just­ment be­ing ne­go­ti­ated for by union lead­ers.

That’s quite laugh­able. The po­lice, through Se­nior Deputy Na­tional Com­mis­sioner Ly­dia Dlamini,has come out to con­demn a state­ment at­trib­uted to po­lice of­fi­cers who claimed they were hop­ing for suc­cess­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions of the cost of liv­ing ad­just­ments, so they could ben­e­fit as well.

That seemed to have irked the Isaac Ma­gag­ula led po­lice lead­er­ship which re­sponded by damn­ing such al­le­ga­tions.

Dlamini in the state­ment even la­belled the po­lice of­fi­cers who is­sued such a state­ment as mis­fits in the po­lice ser­vice. One thing I picked from the se­nior deputy na­tional com­mis­sioner’s state­ment, to be fair to her, is that she did not out-rightly deny that they want the money.

In­stead, she con­cen­trated on bash­ing those of­fi­cers who dared to cross the line by air­ing their views about bread and but­ter is­sues. You don’t talk bread and but­ter is­sues when you are a po­lice of­fi­cer. Fin­ish and Klaar!

I would have been hap­pier if in her damn­ing state­ment Dlamini had said as po­lice of­fi­cers they do not need the cost of liv­ing.

She should have been more forth­right and told the world that as po­lice of­fi­cers they do not need the 9.15% be­ing ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the pub­lic sec­tor unions and the Gov­ern­ment Ne­go­ti­a­tion Team (GNT).

In­stead, she chose her words care­fully while dis­tanc­ing her or­gan­i­sa­tion from claims of po­lice of­fi­cers de­mand­ing money.

It’s a fact Madam, we all need money. You can be diplo­matic and play pol­i­tics all you want but the bot­tom line is; you are in that po­si­tion be­cause you need money. Ev­ery­body does any­way, in­clud­ing the na­tional com­mis­sioner him­self.

But for the record Madam, those po­lice of­fi­cers who were in­ter­viewed in that story are as real, hon­est and sin­cere as they come. They are prob­a­bly more re­al­is­tic than you prob­a­bly thought of them.

I know you still sub­scribe to the old school of thought that polic­ing is a call­ing. I agree, back then, dur­ing your time it was a call­ing…but not any­more.


That’s free ad­vice from me and I don’t need to jus­tify this. Po­lice of­fi­cers come from lots of dif­fer­ent back­grounds and may not be as in­no­cent as you thought. Th­ese of­fi­cers are more streetwise than the bosses think.

Just to al­lay any fears, if any at all…the po­lice are very loyal to the sys­tem but as it is al­ways loy­alty goes with re­ward.

If you don’t be­lieve what I’m telling you, just go around and con­duct a small sur­vey, you will be amazed. It’s not your prob­lem Madam, nor is it the na­tional com­mis­sioner’s but it’s far wider than that.

The prob­lem speaks to a lot of im­pacts in so­ci­ety, the state of the econ­omy and to a large ex­tent the re­cruit­ment process.

None of those fac­tors are the mak­ing of the po­lice. For in­stance, the re­cruit­ment sys­tem, we know of­ten the po­lice hi­er­ar­chy have noth­ing to do with a num­ber of peo­ple who find them­selves at Po­lice Col­lege.

We know that the present sys­tem has al­lowed un­de­serv­ing peo­ple to be in the po­lice ser­vice…un­de­sir­able el­e­ments for that mat­ter.

Na­tional Com­mis­sioner Isaac Ma­gag­ula has of­ten been at pains try­ing to ex­plain how the po­lice ser­vice had been in­fil­trated by un­wanted el­e­ments. He called them rot­ten ap­ples within the force. He was very right.

So, in­stead of get­ting hot un­der the col­lar about of­fi­cers want­ing the cost of liv­ing po­lice ad­just­ment po­lice chiefs should be find­ing so­lu­tions about how to deal with such a prob­lem which is likely to blow up in their info@ob­ face.

My ad­vice would be not to ig­nore the sen­ti­ments of the po­lice of­fi­cers un­der the pre­tense that they are be­ing dis­loyal.

It’s bet­ter they know how the of­fi­cers feel than lead­ing a ser­vice think­ing they are be­ing fol­lowed yet they are alone.


They say if you're lead­ing and no one is fol­low­ing you, then you're only tak­ing a walk.

The po­lice big­wigs must know that a hun­gry man is an an­gry man. And an­gry man is a dan­ger­ous man. Just say­ing.

Per­haps this would ex­plain the num­ber of spine-chill­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing po­lice of­fi­cers in the coun­try.

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