Nearly 500 children of police officers killed on duty have not received a scholarship from the SA Police Service Education Trust (Sapset) since 2020.
In a parliamentary response, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that for the Academic year 2020 allocations were made to 349 beneficiaries. However, only 146 were disbursed, totaling R1,477,455.32.
“For the 2021 academic year, allocations were made to 292 beneficiaries who were not disbursed due to system and financial constraints.”
The Sapset board has only one member left.
“Currently, the board members have resigned and the executive committee consists of only one member, while others have either left the organization or moved to other tasks within the organization. The seconded members are still there to help with administrative and secretarial duties while the other two, including the CEO, have retired.
“A proposal for a new board and executive committee has been made and awaits further guidance,” Cele said.
The Trust is registered as a not-for-profit organization funded by gifts, donations and sponsorships from individuals, firms and corporations.
“It provides financial and resource support for the children of deceased SAPS members appointed under both the SAPS Act and the Public Service Act (PSA) who died in the service or in the service,” Cele said.
He was responding to MP Zandile Majozi who questioned why the trust, established in 2010, was not mentioned in the 2020/2021 SAPS annual report.
Cele said the annual report was for 2019 complete, from 20 However, the reports were still available in draft format at 20.
“The annual financial statements for 2019 have been prepared. However, the sapset has not been able to pay the auditor and it is ongoing,” he said.
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