Police being mocked because of their fitness levels, Deputy minister says

FILE IMAGE: Metro Police officers. Photo: James Oatway
FILE IMAGE: Metro Police officers. Photo: James Oatway

The nation is mocking police officers because of their fitness levels‚ Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi told members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) in East London on Wednesday.

“The nation is mocking you because of your fitness levels‚” Mkongi told around 150 police officers.

Mkongi is currently on a five-day visit to the province‚ which ends on Friday‚ to engage with the communities and to check on aspects that need the ministry’s urgent attention.

Tackling obesity in the SAPS is high on the list of issues to be addressed by the ministry‚ he said.

The deputy minister said the fitness of police was very important if they wanted to win the battle against criminals.

Mkongi said the country currently faces high levels of lawlessness because criminals are undermining the police’s physical capabilities. “You are dealing with sophisticated and heavily-armed criminals running amok so it is important to defend yourself and the nation‚” said Mkongi.

“We [police ministry] are here to look after you. We must make sure that you are equal to the task and you are fit enough to chase criminals.”

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