Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Cop union: Probe (and cancel) wasteful ‘Police Day’

The auditor general must probe how two-thirds of the R36.4-million bill for this year’s national police day celebration in Johannesburg was spent on entertainment, food and drinks, the South African Policing Union said on Tuesday.

“In simple terms: This was a wasteful expenditure and we call for heads to roll,” said the union’s secretary general Oscar Skommere.

“We would also like to call for the cancellation of the national police day celebration and propose that millions of rands be channelled towards service delivery.”

Beeld newspaper reported on Monday that two national police day events in the past 15 months had cost the taxpayer nearly R66-million. This information emerged in a written answer to Parliament’s portfolio committee on police.

The national police day festivities in Bloemfontein last January cost R29.2-million, and the same event in Soweto this January cost R36.4-million.

Some 37 000 police officials attended the Soweto event. About 1 800 of them were ferried by train from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

Skommere said national police day was not celebrated by all police officers, but only by a handful invited to the event.

A probe by the auditor general should look into who supplied services for entertainment, corporate gear, food and drinks.

“The probe must leave no stone unturned, and if there is any corruption uncovered those fingered should face the consequences.”

The South African Police Service had to set an example if it was serious about fighting crime, he said. — Sapa

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

South Africa’s mothballed ‘supermall-ification’ sets strip malls up for success

Analysts agree that the country has enough malls and that, post-Covid, the convenience of local centres lure customers

Mabuza’s Russian jaunts and the slippery consequences of medical tourism

For more than five years the deputy president has remained steadfast in his right to travel abroad to receive medical treatment

More top stories

Deputy president Mabuza begs Tshwane voters: ‘Don’t abandon the ANC’

Angry Atteridgeville residents hurl insults at ‘dysfunctional’ ANC full of ‘corrupt individuals’ as Mabuza fails to placate them with party T-shirts and doeks

Taxi operators clash with cops over disputed Route B97 in...

Three suspects remain in custody following their arrest on charges of attempted murder and assault after eight taxis were impounded

SA teens, you’re next in the queue for a vaccine...

Teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 will be able to register to receive their Covid-19 jab from 20 October. This group will be given only one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, for now

Former US secretary of state Colin Powell dies aged 84

The 84-year-old died as a result of complications from Covid-19
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×