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sapsThe Star reports that police officers have threatened to go on strike over a contentious promotions agreement, which could hamper the police's festive-season crime crackdown.  

Such action would be notwithstanding the categorisation of police as essential services staff who are barred from withdrawing their labour.  Anger stems from accusations that Police Minister Bheki Cele reneged on his promise made at a media briefing in March to fix the promotions issue, within three months, after only 32,000 members were promoted, while 45,000 others remained in limbo.  Allegations are that these promotions were created to benefit only specialised and elite units - including the tactical response team, commonly known as Amaberete - at the expense of rank-and-file, visible and station officers, as well as detectives.  An agreement signed in December last year by the SA Police Service and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) detailed a three-year programme to re-grade and promote officers, starting with elite-unit members.  This drew the ire of thousands of officers, and Cele promised in March to resolve this issue in three months.  “The three months have long lapsed.  Station commanders were called to a meeting, but the minister and national commissioner (General Khehla Sitole) remain mum with no feedback or progress reports.  The unions also won't give us feedback,” a senior police officer said.  However, the process seems to have stalled as a result of a lack of government funds to compensate officers for their promotions.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khaya Koko at The Star

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