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A NUMBER of senior police officers in Limpopo have accused top management of selecting only their favourites to work during the Fifa World Cup to pocket as much as R48000.

Officers assigned to do duty during the games are expected to cash in after the tournament.

Sowetan has learnt that Fifa will pay R900 a day for each officer working during the games.

A copy of the so-called SAPS call-up instruction, which Sowetan is in possession of, lists a few police officers assigned for the games.

Most of the high-ranking officers will be working non-stop from May 26 until July 25.

Some of those listed will be working every day and will receive huge payments at the end of July.

They will be providing, among other things, protection for teams playing their games at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Officers who will be working nonstop are expected to receive R48600 each after the World Cup.

A highly placed source said the list of people to work during the World Cup was not drawn up transparently and only favoured a few officers to benefit from the tournament.

"We believe we were sabotaged because we are not in the good books of management, hence we were left out," said the source.

He said they had resolved to confront management shortly after the World Cup to seek answers to why they were not included on the list.

"The manner in which the list was drawn up raises a lot of questions because some of our colleagues will be working nonstop while the majority of us will not benefit from the event," another source said.

Those not on the list were expected to do normal shifts at their respective work stations.

Provincial spokesperson Colonel Motlafela Mojapelo said deployment of personnel was an internal matter.

"Deployment of members for the World Cup or any other event is in accordance with an operational plan, which is not for public consumption," he said.