Deputy Police Minister says the personnel include police officers and non-career personnel.(SABC)
About 88% of active staff in the South African Police Services (SAPS) are HIV-positive.
Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu says they include police officers and non-career personnel.
She was speaking in at seminar to curb police deaths and killings which Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee is hosting.
"The 88% is made up of active personnel, clerks, public services act members and sweepers."
Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the Police committee Zack Mbehel expressed shock at the figures.
"It's really quite staggering to hear that 88% of both public service Act's employees and SAPS police are on ARVs and HIV positive."
* The police later issued a statement correcting these statistics: HIV infection stats regarding police incorrect