BRITS, October 27 – The South African Police Service (SAPS) officer must be paid better due to the danger they face everyday, North West Community Safety and Transport Management MEC Mpho Motlhabane said on Thursday.
“You are working under conditions that are different…You work in cold winter, in the winds and rainy days and sometimes have to dive into deep rivers in order to rescue people without thinking about your own safety,” he said to the applause of the audience at the seventh North West SAPS Excellence Awards.
He said police officers face men and women wielding dangerous weapons on daily basis.
He lamented that members of the public order police (POP) working in areas of Ditsobotla and Tswaing, where protest flared up, were working without overtime payment due to budgetary constraints.
He said he had met dedicated POP members, who assured him they would restored order.
“Through this awards we wish to encouraged you to continue to perform you duties with dignity…continue to fly the SAPS flag high.”
He urged police officers not to betray the blue uniform and the badge.