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Deputy Minister Cassel Mathale announces 2024/2025 recruitment process during a National Career Expo in Mdantsane

5 Aug 2023

SAPS raises age limit to 35 as it embarks on its 2024/2025 recruitment process 

The South African Police Service(SAPS) has embarked on its 2024/2025 recruitment process in which an additional 10 000 youth between the ages of 18 and 35 will be trained to serve as men and women in blue. 

The announcement was made by the Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Cassel Mathale during a National Career Expo in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, 05 August 2023. 

The career expo provided the SAPS with the opportunity to showcase, educate and expose communities to the various career paths in the SAPS. 

During proceedings, management also announced that the age limit for recruitment of new trainees has been raised to 35. 

Application forms are available as of Saturday, 05 August 2023 on the SAPS website : under the police trainees section. 

Application forms will also be made available at all police stations from Monday, 07 August 2023. 

There are currently 9000 trainees in academies throughout the country, another 1000 will be enlisted for training in January 2024. This will bring the total number of recruits trained to 10 000 in the 2023/2024 financial year. The 2024/2025 cohort is thus expected to commence their training in April 2024. 

The Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Cassel Mathale says the aim is to ensure sufficient boots on the ground to serve and protect the communities we serve. 

“We are embarking on this process to ensure more boots on the ground in an effort to maximise our crime combatting efforts”, said Mr Mathale. 

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola says the organisation is targeting those with a passion for public service. 

“We are inviting disciplined, upright and passionate candidates who are ready to serve and protect their communities. With more boots on the ground, we aim to enhance and improve our response to emerging crime trends”, said General Fannie Masemola. 

The basic requirements for enlistment are the following: Be a South African citizen, be in possession of a matric certificate with NO criminal record. 

The SAPS management wishes all applicants well in this process. 


SAPS application form 2023