n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Taalbeleid, -praktyk en -houdings : SAPD-konstabels in Gauteng




In this article the current state of language practice in die SAPS is scrutinised against the backdrop of the general move towards monolingualism in state departments. The importance of communication in the day-to-day work of the police officer is discussed and the lack of language courses in the basic training of police constables is highlighted. It is hypothesised that constables are probably not equipped to deal with the linguistic challenges posed by their work environment, that the implementation of multilingualism is lacking in the SAPS and that this has a negative impact on service delivery by the SAPS in Gauteng. The study reports on an empirical study involving a total of 354 respondents and concludes that a lack of language skills indeed impacts negatively on efficient service delivery.


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