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MBABANE – A huge number of aspiring police and correctional services officers turned up for interviews yesterday in different centres in the country’s four regions.

A combined estimate of 10 000 aspiring officers endured long queues as they awaited their chance to be interviewed. Lines began as early as 6am in some regions and lasted for the better part of the day. Almost 3 000 attended interviews in Mbabane. A line tailing from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Mbabane Police Station where the recruits were first checked for compliance before being transferred to the interview centre.

Surprisingly high

Similar numbers were observed in the three other regions. Hhohho Regional Commander Simangele Motsa confirmed that the numbers were high. Interviewed at the Mbabane Police Station at about 8am, Motsa said the numbers were surprisingly high considering the notification time. “The numbers are indeed increasing and we are doing our best to be on top of the situation as we do not want any public disturbance. We have set aside two centres here in Mbabane for the interview session and here we only check the candidates’ accreditation number which was given to them prior. The people who came here are only those who applied and today we are not accepting new ones,” she said.


Motsa warned the aspiring officers not to attempt cheating in the process. She said the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) had set a very strong assessment process which was aimed at tightening the screws. “We are aware that some will come and try to cheat their way through, but the process is very tight and no one can cheat through,” she added. Interviewed randomly, some of the aspirant police officers found in Mbabane said they were excited at the opportunity to be considered for service in the country. Mandla Zwane said though the lines were long, he was willing to wait the whole day to get a shot at being a police officer. “The recruitment exercise is an opportunity for us to put bread on the table for our families and we are definitely excited to be considered.

“The fact that I was given a chance to take the aptitude test means a lot to me and has revived my hope for a better life,” he said.
Chief Police Information and Communications Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati confirmed that a huge number of aspiring officers turned up for the interviews. She was, however, reluctant to give an exact figure of those who attended.

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