1581. Ms D Kohler-Barnard (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:
(1) (a) How many South African Police Service (SAPS) members are not in possession of a valid driving licence in each province and (b) what is the rank of each member;
(2) whether there is any deadline in place by which these members are required to obtain a driving licence; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1843E
(1)(a) The SAPS is in a process of validating the driving licences of all members against E-Natis to prevent and eliminate any corrupt practices. The exact number of members without valid drivers licences will be available once the validation process has been concluded.
(1)(b) The ranks of members without valid driving licences will only be available once the validation process with E-Natis has been concluded.
(2) The SAPS has embarked on an in-service K53 training program, and since 2008 a total of 2116 members without valid driving licences have been trained and obtained their driving licences. Once the validation process of the driving licences has been completed, training will be scheduled for all members identified who do not have valid driving licences.
I have instructed the National Commissioner, General Cele to, once the validation process is completed, investigate and report back to me on what exactly the problems are regarding the SAPS members not fulfilling all requirements with regard to driving licenses.
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