Police Salary in South Africa

Police Salary in South Africa – Salary of a Police Officer in South Africa – The average South African Police salary in a month ranges from approximately R 4 109 per month for Human Resources Intern to R 23 270 per month for Lieutenant. The average South African Police Service salary ranges from approximately R 17 000 per year for Administrative Clerk to R 285 000 per year for Investigator.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is the national police force of the Republic of South Africa. It has over 1,138 police stations scattered in the country. The stations are divided according to provinces and each province has a commissioner.

The SAPS is made up different ranks and their salaries differs according to the various ranks.

In this article, you will find:

  1. SAPS Roles
  2. SAPS Ranks
  3. SAPS Salary structure and components

South African Police Service Roles

In accordance with the constitution, the SAPS roles are as follows:

  1. Prevent, combat and investigate crimes
  2. Maintain public order
  3. Protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property
  4. Uphold, defend and enforce the law.

These are some of the roles played by the South African Police Service

SAPS Ranks

What is the highest rank in the South Africa Police Service? Well, if you care to know, read on.

The SAPS rank composition is similar to that of other parts of the world.

Senior Management – Commissioned Officers

  • General
  • Lieutenant general
  • Major general
  • Brigadier

Commissioned Officers

  • Colonel
  • Lieutenant colonel
  • Captain

Non-commissioned Officers

  • Warrant officer
  • Sergeant
  • Constable

South Africa Police Salary

You should take note that the police salary in South Africa is like every other police system, salary varies according to ranks.

Implying that the higher the rank the greater the salary as compared to others.

Well, this is laudable because higher ranking officers have higher responsibilities.

The SAPS salary structure is not available to the public eye, but per an information we cited on briefly.co.za, a policer officer earns an average of R16 237 per month.

Aside that, there are some bonuses and allowances officers are entitled to of which have little information about.

Also do note that high ranking officers obviously will take higher allowances as compared to lower ranking officers.

The financial constraints that government is facing are increasingly complicating the SAPS’s ability to effectively respond to its constitutional mandate, said national commissioner general John Sithole in his preamble to the report.

“Factors, such as pervasive socio-economic inequalities, an expanding population base, globalisation and urbanisation, are placing the SAPS’s human, physical and infrastructural resources under increased pressure,” he said.

“The sustained decline in the organisation’s staff establishment, over the medium-term, despite the aforementioned factors, necessitates not only smarter, technology-driven policing, but also the prioritised capacitation and resourcing of the various functional areas that comprise the broader policing function.”

Sithole said that the SAPS will focus on:

  • The continued ‘capacitation’ of the detective service capability and specifically, the investigation of crimes against women and children.
  • The SAPS’s ability to ensure internal stability through public order policing;
  • Specialised policing capabilities, as well as the crime intelligence function, which supports both proactive and reactive policing.

An estimated 78.1% (R316.2 billion) of the department’s budget over the medium-term, is allocated to the compensation of employees, he said.

“To minimise the impact of the expenditure ceiling on core service delivery, critical vacant funded posts, such as visible policing, forensic analysts, detectives and senior management, are still expected to be filled,” he said.

“The department will also continue to prioritise its rejuvenation programme, which entails the recruitment of younger police officials at entry level, by appointing at least 3,000 trainees, annually, over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period.”

NOTE: the amount mentioned might not be exactly the amont received by Police officer in South Africa. If you have an accurate information kindly let South Africa Insider know.

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