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sapsThe Star reports that, despite being classified as essential service staff, thousands of police officers around the country have threatened to go on strike following a dispute over promotions.  

Memoranda and voice messages shared on social media among officers, based mainly at charge offices and not in specialised units, have decried the manner in which police promotions have been handled.  Officers told The Star there was extreme anger over the nature of police promotions, whereby it was felt that specialised units were receiving preferential treatment.  A statement from the SA Police Service (SAPS) on Friday said more than 32,000 members had been promoted in the current financial year, including the re-grading of 3,636 specialised-unit members, who were “highly trained and skilled personnel (dealing) with medium to high-risk crimes”.  But, disgruntled officers have accused the SA Policing Union (Sapu) and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) of failing to represent them.  While police said the progressions had been done following extensive negotiations with the unions, Sapu’s Tumelo Mogodiseng rejected that view, indicating that the union had not signed the agreement.  “It is the reality of the bargaining process that the SAPS and Popcru connived and came with this agreement that left thousands of functionary members out,” Mogodiseng claimed.  But Popcru’s Richard Mamabolo slammed Sapu, adding: "It has always been our view that the current entry-level posts in the entire SAPS are disproportionate.

  • Read the full original of Khaya Koko’s report on this story at The Star

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