Original Research

The value and extent of religious participation of members of the South African Police Service (SAPS)

Yvonne Joubert, Anton Grobler
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1180 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1180 | © 2013 Yvonne Joubert, Anton Grobler | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 September 2011 | Published: 14 January 2013

About the author(s)

Yvonne Joubert, Department of Human Resource Management, University of South Africa, South Africa
Anton Grobler, Department of Human Resource Management, University of South Africa, South Africa


The objective of this research was to determine the extent to which the employees of the South African Police Service participate in religion, and their opinion regarding the value it added to their lives. The range of religions and the various Christian denominations represented was determined. No sampling strategy was used, as all available employees were included in the study (N = 37 816). The survey instrument was administered by Employee Assistance Services professionals. The results of the study indicated that religion played an important role at individual, group, organisational and community level. The majority of the participants in the study (79.4%) were Christian, 15.9% followed by African spirituality, 0.9% were Hindu, and 0.4% were Muslim. An analysis was conducted of the distribution of the religions represented within the nine provinces of South Africa (and Head Office as a collective), and across the four race groups. The Christian denominations best represented in the study were the Dutch Reformed (12.7%), Methodist (6.0%), Roman Catholic (5.8%) and Anglican (5.0%).


religion; South African Police Service; chaplain; spirituality


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