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Welcoming address delivered by the Minister of Police at Projeck 10K Passing Out Parade

13 DECEMBER 2022

Sanibonani, Good morning to you all!

On behalf of the Department of Police, I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone, to the Tshwane Police Training Academy.

Let me take this opportunity to welcome and extend our sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, who will be officiating as our Functionary today. Welcome Mr President!

A special welcome also goes to the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, together with the Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Cassel Mathale, and MEC’s of Community Safety from the different provinces. Your attendance and support is appreciated.

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola, together with Provincial Commissioners, Divisional Commissioners, and senior management of the SAPS and the DPCI (Hawks), your leadership and your presence today, is appreciated.

Our strategic partner on this Project 10 000 Recruitment and Training, the SANDF;

We welcome you today as we close off this ground-breaking project with this and seven other similar parades across the country, today and over the next two days.

The leadership of the CPF National and Provincial Boards; and all our other stakeholders including the Labour Unions, we see you and we value your presence today.

Let me also extended a warm welcome to families and friends of our graduates.

We trust that everyone in attendance today will find the day’s proceedings pleasant and worthy of your time and presence.

Nonke ni amukelekile!

Ladies and Gentlemen

We are gathered here this morning, in response to the Presidential call during the State of the Nation Address in February this year to bolster the capacity of the SAPS.

This called on us to recruit and train an additional 12 000 new police personnel, to strengthen our policing capacity and enhance police visibility in general.

Honourable President

On 01 April 2022 following a rigorous recruitment process, 10 000 were called up and ultimately, 9831 young men and women presented themselves to various police academies across the country.

This Mr President, has been a ground-breaking milestone given that the maximum 10000 trainees were recruited and trained. Historically, one intake has never in the past exceeded 5 000, as this is what SAPS academies can accommodate.

Therefore, everyone came to the party and we even struck a strategic partnership with the South African National Defence Force, who were able to accommodate about 3 000 of our trainees and our Instructors, at their 3 SAI military base in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

It is with this in mind President Ramaphosa that, just over three months ago in September, a total of 495 new Constables stood on parade at our academies in Umthata and All Saints in the Eastern Cape, and in Thabazimbi in Limpopo.

195 of these Constables who were based at our Umthata Academy, came in as graduates in different academic fields which include Forensic Studies, Criminology, Law, and Policing; while the rest came in as Police Reservists.

It is for this reason that these 495 Constables underwent the shortened six months Introductory Police Development Learning Programme, in recognition of their prior learning.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today and over the next two days, a total of 9 248 will be standing on parade, ready to hit the ground running.

They will be adding more boots on the ground to safeguard South Africa.

These men and women in blue will also bolster our Safer Festive Season Operations that are currently underway, nationwide.

These new Constables have successfully completed the longer and more intensive nine-months Basic Police Development Learning Programme.

Today at Tshwane Academy, we have 2 939 newly trained Constables passing out, with 847 in Bisho, and 343 in Graaff Reinet.

The Constables on parade here with us are those who were trained at our academies in Gauteng Province, which are Tshwane, Atteridgeville, Benoni, Hammanskraal, and Moloto.

Tomorrow, a total of 3 695 will be passing out with 2 942 at the SANDF Military Base in Kimberley, 440 at Oudtshoorn, 140 and 173 at Ulundi and Chatsworth respectively.

The final parade will take place on Thursday the 15th at Paarl where a total of 1 428 new Constables will be standing on parade.

These are those who were trained at our Western Cape Academies being: Bishop Lavis, Paarl and Philippi Academies.

All trainees were orientated on the SAPS in general, and taken through the SAPS Code of Conduct, covering professional and ethical conduct.

The trainees also underwent rigorous training in Law focusing on, to cite a few, the Criminal Procedure Act, the SAPS Act and other related legislation such as the Constitution within the context of policing.

Trainees have also been equipped with critical skills required at Community Service Centers.

Our CSC’s at police stations, are our most important point of contact between the police and our communities.

Officers at these centers should provide victim-centered services, especially to women, children and the most vulnerable in society.

Our new Constables have also been given the necessary insight into crime detection and are trained in understanding the elements of crime, statement taking, and investigations across the spectrum.

His Excellency, Mr President

The trainees have also been exposed to crime prevention and have received insight into sector policing, community policing, and partnership policing.

One other learning area the trainees were exposed to is street survival and the use of firearms where they were equipped with knowledge and skills relating to tactical policing and use of firearms.

Let me at this point Mr President, take the opportunity to congratulate our new Constables.

We will need all boots on the ground during this time of the year and beyond in order to ensure South Africans are Safe and Feel Safe.

To all new Constables on parade… this passing out parade today is your real and official welcome to the SAPS. Welcome, and congratulations for successfully completing the training programmes.

Always remember to work closely and honestly with the communities that you serve.

Iphoyisa iPhoyisa ngom’Mphakathi.” – Communities need you and you as police officers, need communities in the overall fight against crime.

It is clear that what started as an idea, Project 10 thousand is a success and a reality that stands right before us.

Mr President, I present to you 2 939 newly trained Constables of the South African Police Service.

I now invite you Mr President, for the inspection of the parade made up of the newly trained Constables.

I thank you.