Reservists paid 'R120 a month'

TEN police reservists at the Morebeng police station in Limpopo have allegedly have their monthly stipend reduced from R1200 to R120 a month

The reservists blame station commissioner Lieutenant-Colonel William Ma-shadza for reducing their stipends without discussing the matter with them.

The station commissioner has also been accused of not taking the grievances of the reservists very seriously.

Some of the reservists had been dismissed for attempting to question the authorities about their future at the station.

They also accused Mashadza of ruling the station with an iron fist and being "a law unto himself".

They said they had checked with reservists at other police stations but found they were the only ones affected.

The reservists suspect that Mashadza might have tampered with their stipends because he did not take any action even after he had been informed about the problem.

They feared their money might be going into someone's pocket at the station.

A reservist, who wanted to remain anonymous, said life was unbearable because she had to pay her child's tertiary fees.

She said she was struggling to make ends meet and feared her child would would have to drop out of school.

"Life is unbearable and we feel our dreams of better lives have been shattered," said another reservist.

The disgruntled reservists said they were promised deployment to the Peter Mokaba Stadium but the decision had since been abandoned without explanation.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Motlafela Mojapelo said the issue was an internal matter and anyone who wanted to raise issues should approach the relevant authorities.