City Metro Po­lice trainees still wait­ing to be em­ployed

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MORE than 170 re­cruits are still sit­ting at home de­spite hav­ing ac­quired train­ing to work in the Tsh­wane Metro Po­lice De­part­ment.

It has also emerged that the trainees had been promised em­ploy­ment in the City of Tsh­wane af­ter they had com­pleted their traf­fic man­age­ment diploma.

In 2013, they were re­cruited by the then ANC-led ad­min­is­tra­tion as part of an ini­tia­tive to make the city safer by de­ploy­ing at least 10 of­fi­cers in each mu­nic­i­pal ward.

At the time, they failed some ex­ams, forc­ing the City to back down on its de­ci­sion to em­ploy them.

How­ever, af­ter ex­press­ing dis­ap­point­ment about what they be­lieved to be un­fair treat­ment on the part of the City, they were given a sec­ond chance to write ex­ams.

They were also taken on a six-month train­ing course at the SAPS Academy to com­plete their diploma, which they suc­cess­fully did last year.

Their plight came un­der the spot­light last week dur­ing a march led by the South African Mu­nic­i­pal Work­ers Union, which de­manded that they be em­ployed with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Union re­gional chair­per­son Nkhetheni Muthavhi yes­ter­day told the Pre­to­ria News that it looked like the City had dumped the re­cruits.

“They were taken to Cape Town to fur­ther their train­ing. It looks like the City has dumped them. The sad part is that when­ever they apply for work they are told their em­ploy­ment sta­tus re­flects that they are work­ing for the City of Tsh­wane,” he said.

Muthavhi said that one of the re­cruits ap­plied for work at Capitec Bank, but it was picked up that she was work­ing for the City.

“They can’t even apply any­where else. No­body is giv­ing clar­ity as to what is go­ing to hap­pen with the 171 re­cruits. The City is say­ing that it would in­ves­ti­gate this is­sue.”

Com­mu­nity Safety and Emer­gency Ser­vices MMC Karen Meyer said act­ing city man­ager Mak­gorometje Mak­gatha was re­spon­si­ble for em­ploy­ing the re­cruits.

She said a coun­cil re­port with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the em­ploy­ment of the metro po­lice re­cruits was sub­mit­ted to the city man­ager’s of­fice.

“We can’t do any­thing un­til the city man­ager em­ploys them. The fact is that they should be em­ployed,” she said.

She said po­lice chief Jo­hanna Nkomo also sent a let­ter to the city man­ager re­gard­ing the mat­ter.

“Ev­ery­thing is in the hands of the city man­ager,” Meyer said.

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