Disgruntled members of the South African Police Service have formed a new workers union. They’re threatening to down tools on Monday.
The group is unhappy about recent promotions and claims that many experienced officers are being overlooked for promotion.
These are just some of the issues raised by members of the South African Police service at a mass meeting.
Despite Bheke Cele’s assurance that there will be no protest action more than 400 SAPS engaged in protest actions in the Western Cape and Natal province.
Some officers offered letters of alleged illness for their absence in order not to be prosecuted for their participation in an illegal strike.
Cele threatened protesting members that they will be act upon, since the strike is illegal and they must return to their respective posts.
The largest number of strikers resigned from the Popcru trade union and established a new union, but it appears that novelty will not last long.
The policemen will be joining the newly-formed South African Police and Allied Workers Union (Sapawu).
The union claims it’s written to the minister, deputy minister and national police commissioner, but is yet to receive a response.
National Freedom Party MP Ahmed Munzoor Shaik Emam, who’s also a portfolio police committee member, attended the meeting.
He says the issues raised will be placed on the committee’s agenda and might result in the summoning of police minister Bheki Cele.
Source: Die Vryburger, ENCA
SA –news team