300 Recruits start an intensive three-year traffic officer course in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni.
The acting Minister of Transport Thulas Nxesi has received the first cohort to 300 recruits who are set to beginning an intensive three-year traffic officer course in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni.
The Minister urged the group to use the training opportunity to change the face of traffic law enforcement in the country.
“For a long time traffic law enforcement has been regarded as a stepchild of the South African Police Services, the South African Defence Force and even the Correctional Services. With this bold groundbreaking move, traffic officers will finally be able to take up their place among their peers as professionals in their own right,” the Minister said
The group was selected from over 74 000 applicants. They undertook an intensive selection process that included fitness assessment, interviews and psychometric testing.
They will receive intensive training in traffic legislation, anti-corruption measures and communication skills among others. The training will consist of knowledge(theoretical) modules, practical skills training and workplace experience.
At the end of the training trainees will receive national diploma that is rated number 6 on the national qualification framework, which is equivalent to a university diploma. This is the highest qualification ever offered to traffic officers by any government institution in the country and the continent.
The Minister said the training will help the recruits to be ethical citizens. “There are far too many complaints about the ethical conduct of traffic officers in the country and this course must assist by producing traffic officers with high level of ethical conduct,” he said.
“We are relying on you to turn around the current dominant perception that traffic officers are corrupt. We would expect you to go out into the streets and be exemplary and be the embodiment of Ubuntu and Batho Pele,” he emphasized.
The qualification is benchmarked on international standards and is the first such qualification to be offered in Africa. It is part of efforts to professionalise the road traffic law enforcement fraternity in the country
The previous curriculum for traffic officer trainees was on National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 4 (equivalent to a matric qualification) and had many limitations.