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The South African Police Service is the national police force of the Republic of South Africa.

The SAP was renamed the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the Ministry of Law and Order was renamed the Ministry of Safety and Security, in keeping with these symbolic reforms. The new minister of safety and security, Sydney Mufamadi, obtained police training assistance from Zimbabwe, Britain and Canada and proclaimed that racial tolerance and human rights would be central to police training programs in the future. By the end of 1995, the SAPS had incorporated the ten police agencies from the former homelands and had reorganized at both the national level and at the level of South Africa's nine new provinces. Fholisani Sydney Mufamadi is the former Minister of Safety & Security and present Minister of Provincial and Local Government of South Africa. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... A homeland is the concept of the territory to which one belongs; usually, the country in which a particular nationality was born. ...



The SAPS headquarters in Pretoria is organized into six divisions. These are the Crime Combating and Investigation Division, the Visible Policing Division, the Internal Stability Division, the Community Relations Division, the Supporting Services Division, and the Human Resource Management Division.

The Crime Combating and Investigation Division holds overall responsibility for coordinating information about crime and investigative procedures. It administers the SAPS Criminal Record Center, the SAPS Commercial Crime Unit, the SAPS Diamond and Gold Branch, the South African Narcotics Bureau, the Stock Theft Unit, the Inspectorate for Explosives, murder and robbery units located in each major city, and vehicle theft units throughout the country. In addition, the division manages the National Bureau of Missing Persons, which was established in late 1994.

The Visible Policing Division manages highly public police operations, such as guarding senior government officials and dignitaries. Most government residences are guarded by members of the division's Special Guard Unit. The division's all-volunteer Special Task Force handles hostage situations and other high-risk activities. The Internal Stability Division is responsible for preventing and quelling internal unrest, and for assisting other divisions in combating crime. The Community Relations Division consults with all police divisions concerning accountability and respect for human rights. The Supporting Services Division manages financial, legal, and administrative aspects of the SAPS. The Human Resource Management Division helps to hire, to train, and to maintain a competent work force for the SAPS. The South African Police Service Special Task Force (SAPS STF) is the special operations element of the South African Police Service (SAPS). ...

Three police unions were active in bargaining on behalf of police personnel and in protecting the interests of the work force, as of 1996. These are the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU), which has about 15,000 members; the South African Police Union (SAPU), which has about 35,000 members; and the Public Service Association (PSA), which has about 4,000 members. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is a trade union in South Africa. ...

Air Wing

The South Africa Police Sevices operate a small number of fixed and rotary aircraft.

  • 8 x Pilatus PC-6 Porter
  • 1 x Cessna 402
  • 1 x Beech 400
  • 24 x Bölkow Bo 105
  • 5 x MD500 D/E Defender

The Pilatus PC-6 Porter (sometimes nicknamed the Jeep of the air) is a civilian utility aitcraft built by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. ... The Cessna 402 is a 6 to 10 place light twin piston engine aircraft. ... The Raytheon Hawker 400XP is a small twin-engine corporate aircraft, designed by Raytheons Beech Aircraft Company subsidiary and originally marketed as the Beechjet 400. ... The Bo 105 is a light, twin-engine, multi-purpose utility helicopter developed by Bölkow of Stuttgart, Germany. ...

Integration and representivity

Today, the force is completely integrated, but not yet fully representative of the South African population. The force's composition is:

  • Black/African: 61.9%
  • White: 24.0%
  • Coloured: 10.6%
  • Asian/Indian: 3.5%

National Commissioners of the SAPS

  • Johan van der Merwe 1994-1995
  • George Fivaz 1995-2000
  • Jacob Selebi 2000-

Jacob (Jackie) Sello Selebi (born March 7, 1950, Johannesburg) is the current national commissioner of the South African Police Service, and the current president of Interpol. ...

External links

  • South African Police Service Homepage


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