n Journal of Public Administration - Organisational justice and job satisfaction among police officers within a South African environment

Volume 54 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767


This article examines the influence of procedural, distributive and interactional justice on job satisfaction among members of the South African Police Academy. In spite of extant literature and the importance of employees' perceptions of organisational justice and job satisfaction in various organisations, literature is scant on the relationship between these two broad constructs within a South African policing setting. Its methodological approach is embedded in a post-positivist paradigm using a quantitative approach with a structured questionnaire (n=234). Descriptive, correlation and regression analyses were used to analyse the data. Officers' perceptions of organisational justice dimensions (procedural, distributive and interactional justice) showed strong positive correlations with job satisfaction. Regression results show that distributive and interactional justice are strong predictors of job satisfaction. The article argues that a systematic and transparent reward system that recognises employees' outstanding performance is essential to compensate them accordingly. A simple, scientific instrument that captures the productivity of individuals' performance should be introduced. A well-structured consultative forum should be established to grant employees an opportunity to provide management with their perceptions of unfair practices within the academy.

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