Police strike on the cards

The South African Police Union is accusing government of taking police officers for granted, and reneging on promises of promotions. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of police officers are threatening to embark on an illegal strike. Officers are unhappy at the lack of promotions at the South African Police Services.

Police minister Bheki Cele last year pledged to address the backlog of over 69, 000 advancements.

Cele said that has now been reduced to 45, 000.

“It is worth noting that the process of promotions is costed at R2-billion and due to financial implications the process has been broken down in a three-year cycle for completion; in an effort to address the remaining backlog of 45 000 members that are due to be promoted,” Cele said.

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Cele said he will be meeting with all station commanders of 1147 police stations in the country including provincial and national management of SAPS next week Monday in Pretoria.

Sapu president Mpho Kwinika alleges it's been a wait of over ten years for some of those promises to be implemented. Courtesy #DStv403

With a potential strike on the cards, there could be a lack of resources at SAPS on Monday.

Unions say they're trying to convince their members not to participate in any demonstrations.