A significant number of South African Police Service (SAPS) officers cannot read or write, putting a hurdle in the implementation of the police’s turnaround plan. Details of this emerged on Thursday during a presentation by an SAPS delegation to the parliamentary committee on police matters Deputy national commissioner of management and advisory services General Francinah Ntombenhle Vuma told the committee the SAPS planned to investigate why it still encountered officers with inadequate reading and writing skills. "Those we appoint we make sure meet the standards. Those who are said to be illiterate, if there are any, it would likely be members close to retirement. Those who are found to be illiterate will be adopted into the Abet [Adult Basic Education and Training] programme," she said. Abet was introduced with the aim of supporting officers who were deprived of education during the apartheid era. MPs on the committee were stunned when they learned about poor literacy and numeracy...

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