Parliamentary Question: Is SAPS training in material available in English


Dr A Lotriet (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether learning material for police training are available in languages other than English; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2082E


Learning material for police training is not available in languages other than English. The language of instruction at all South African Police Service Training Institutions and the language of communication in the South African Police Service is English. It is not feasible to provide learning material and instruction in different languages since trainers, examiners and moderators are not conversant with more than two official languages and groups of learners consist of people from different language groups.

It is not practical to present courses in more than one language due to time constraints. It is likewise also not practical to set assessments (exam papers) in different languages, due to logistical constraints, including lack of translators, trainers, examiners and moderators capable to communicate in languages other than English.

I have instructed that the Civilian Secretariat for Police conduct and assessment of training including the languages used as a medium

Reply to question 1806 approved by the Minister