Solidarity today disclosed further shocking detail on how the NSF Project has been used as a pretext to promote hundreds of police members to the ranks of officers who could not possibly qualify as NSF members.
This comes after Rapport and City Press last Sunday made shocking revelations about senior ranks being dished out to “NSF” members.
According to Solidarity Deputy Chief Executive Johan Kruger, it is becoming clearer every day that the NSF Project is a cover to promote cadres through the ranks so as to hijack senior SAPS ranks.
“Hundreds of persons who are now in line for promotion have barely turned 18 in 1994, or have only turned 18 after the political transition. They are the ones who are now being considered as war veterans and who, in certain cases, will skip five ranks to be promoted to the ranks of senior officers,” Kruger explained.
Information Solidarity has obtained confirms the ages of the persons on the list for promotions as follows:
51 persons are aged 45 (born in 1973);
45 persons are aged 44 (born in 1974);
28 persons are aged 43 (born in 1975);
30 persons are aged 42 (born in 1976);
8 persons are aged 41 (born in 1977);
6 persons are aged 40 (born in 1978);
2 persons are aged 39 (born in 1979).
“How these persons could possibly be described as NSF members at all, and how they qualify for those improper promotions elude comprehension,” Kruger said.
Thousands of Solidarity members and other SAPS members of the same age who have already been in the SAPS at the time of the political transition in 1994 are not in line for the promotions. Instead, they have to remain in their existing ranks, ranks they have been in for many years. They have to make every effort to be promoted, usually without success. It is only the exception when promotion happens at all.
Other shocking information that has come to light confirms that:
1) There are 33 persons on the list who have retired (normal retirement age is 60). Yet, they are being recommended for promotion even though they are not in the employ of the SAPS anymore.
2) The names of five persons who have been medically boarded, appear on the list. They are therefore also retired; yet they are being recommended for promotion even though they are not part of the SAPS anymore.
3) Among the names on the list the names feature of 16 persons who have died. (Yet, those names appear on the list for promotion.)
Solidarity today announced that it would bring an urgent court application after the SAPS had not heeded the trade union’s demand by yesterday’s deadline. The trade union demanded that all promotions made in terms of the project (which has been in full swing since 1 November) be suspended until Solidarity’s application for the project’s review has been finalised by the High Court.
“It is in the interest of our members and in the national interest that the NSF Project be revised. It is a project that is nothing but politically motivated and it is to the detriment of the careers of ordinary members who cannot apply for those positions. At the same time, the trust of citizens in an impartial SAPS that maintains law and order has been broken, and their hopes are dashed even more,” Kruger added.
The list of names of those identified for promotion, is attached. Click here
A fact sheet is attached. Click here.