‘It’s very bad’: As cops struggle with Covid, SAPS turns to former staff
Members of the police service complain about neglect on the frontlines
A total of 480 SA police officers have died of Covid-19, and about a quarter of these deaths happened in the last three months of 2020.
“We were most hard hit because our members were out there when everyone else was on lockdown. They mostly interact with members of the community who sometimes disregard the law, putting their lives at risk,” police spokesperson Athandile Mathe told Sunday Times Daily.
“The death of members has adversely affected the SAPS, but in the main we have put contingency measures in place to ensure we put the safety of our members and the communities that we serve first in a bid to continue to render an effective and efficient service to all people in SA,” she said...