New police ranks in South Africa, welcome to SAPF

Cape Town, South Africa – From today on the South African police will be known as the South African police force, SAPF. The move was announced earlier this year that will see the South African police return to the ranks of the Apartheid era government.

The move have upset POPCRU and they are threatening to take the issue to court.

The South African police minister said a while back in a statement that the change was to “wage war” against criminals.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele says the move aims to introduce a sense of discipline among officers

 “We have taken a stance as this government of fighting crime and fighting it tough. The rank changes are therefore in line with our transformation of the Force, not only in terms of a name-change but change in attitude,
thinking and operational duties.”

Here are the changes.

Old rank (1995-2010)

New rank (April 1, 2010)

Commissioner

General

Deputy National Commissioner

Lieutenant-General

Divisional Commissioner

Provincial Commissioner

Lieutenant-General

Assistant Commissioner

Major-General

Director

Brigadier

Senior Superintendent

Colonel

Superintendent

Lieutenant Colonel

Major

Captain

Captain

Lieutenant

Inspector

Warrant Officer

Sergeant

Sergeant

Constable

Constable

2 thoughts on “New police ranks in South Africa, welcome to SAPF”

  1. UNDER THE NATIONALIST REGIME THERE WAS ONLY ONE POLICE OFFICER WITH THE RANK OF GENERAL NOW IN 2014 THERE ARE SEVERAL GENERALS AND SENIOR OFFICERS. IF WE COMPARE THE OFFICER STRUCTURE WITH OTHER POLICE FORCES IN THE WORLD WE FIND THAT OUR SITUATION OUTSTRIPS ALL OTHER POLICE FORCES. SOME PEOPLE ARE ASKING WHETHER THEY WERE PROMOTED ON NECESSITY AND MERIT.
    I AM A RETIRED SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE DETECTIVE SUPREINTENDENT (LT. COLONEL).
    MY LAST THREE POSTINGS WERE:
    DISTRICT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OFFICER IN EAST LONDON.
    DISTRICT CRIMINAL INVESTICATION OFFICER IN HILLBROW – JOHANNESBURG.
    OFFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT AT JOHN VORSTER SQUARE. AT ALL THREE OF THES POSTINGS I HELD THE RANK OF SUPERINTENDENT (LT. COLONEL). I AM INFORMED THAT TODAY THE OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF SAID STATIONS HOLD THE RANK OF GENERAL. I RETIRED IN 1981. CHECK MY INTERNET PROFILE ON http://www.google.com THEN SURF THE LINKS. VIEW MY TWO POWER VIDEOS ON http://www.youtube.com THEN EMULATE ME. SIDNEY COAD WILLIAMS SUPERINTENDENT SAPS RETIREE.

  2. Why should ranks change in the first place,police agencies should be concentrating on donating more vehicles onto different stations because the lack of enough vehicles makes it difficult for them as police agencies to respond on criminal activities

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