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Solidarity2SowetanLive reports that documents in the possession of Solidarity show that many of the more than 600 officers said to have fought the apartheid state were at the time actually still in nappies or playing on primary school fields.  

The trade union revealed at a press conference on Wednesday that many of the former non-statutory forces (NSF) members‚ whose promotions began this month‚ were in fact children when they claimed to be fighting apartheid forces.  The union placed the SAPS on legal terms this week‚ demanding that the promotions be halted.  Solidarity's CEO Dirk Hermann said it was clear that the NSF project was being used to skip ranks in the promotion of policemen and women to senior positions.  "They are being classified as war veterans and in some cases promoted by five ranks to senior officer positions‚" Hermann stated.  He went on to point out that there were thousands of other police members‚ including the union's own members‚ who were of the same age group as those being promoted.  But they had "missed the promotion bus" and had spent years in the ranks battling to be promoted‚ without any success.  On Tuesday, the police failed to meet a deadline from the union to stop the promotions‚ which began on 1 November.

  • Read the full original report by Graeme Hosken at SowetanLive
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at Solidarity News

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