The following article first appeared on Moneyweb, May 17 2007
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service (SAPS) has put in place "stringent measures" in an effort to ensure a dramatic reduction in the percentage of white and Indian police officers at senior and mid-management level by 2010. These include subordinating all aspects of recruitment, selection, and promotion, to the attainment of strict racial (and gender) targets. This is according to the police's Employment Equity Plan for the period from January 2007 to December 2010.
The Minister of Safety & Security has confirmed, in answer to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance, that this document, which was leaked to the media earlier this year, was official policy. The plan was circulated within the SAPS on the 15th November last year. It has now been formally released to parliament by the minister.
According to the "vision statement" of the plan, the SAPS is "committed to ensuring broad representation of its Human Resources based on the racial, gender and disability demographics. This shall be implemented in all occupational categories/levels/classes nationally and provincially in relation to each and every workplace."
In his answer the Minister stated that the "ideal figures (National Demographic figures) with regard to race" set out in the plan "are based on the 2001 Census Report as the latest official document that provides population demographic figures i.e. 79% African, 9.6% White, 2.5% Indian, 8.9% Coloured."
The plan was originally leaked to, and publicised by, the Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU) earlier this year. In a statement issued on the 25th January the TAU said the "plan to completely transform the SAPS into a racially ‘representative' force by 2010 is set out in stark, unambiguous terms which would have done credit to any apartheid-era government document."