Struggle cops, who weren't even born in apartheid-era, set for cosy promotions

Struggle cops, who weren't even born in apartheid-era, set for cosy promotions

- Officers who were not part of the struggle fight during the apartheid-era is set to benefit handsomely

- Solidarity revealed that officers in line for salary increases were not even born until after 1990 - when the struggle fight was effectively ended

- The union will launch an urgent court application to stop the payouts

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Former struggle fighters - 'anti-apartheid soldiers' - are in line for nice salary increases, but they weren't even alive during the apartheid-era.

Solidarity, the trade union, revealed evidence that planned promotions for officers, who bravely fought in the struggle, weren't even alive or old enough to be of use in a fight during the struggle.

The Citizen reports that 16 of these officers are also now dead, but they'll still be receiving the money. Perhaps being a zombie is an expensive lifestyle; good brains don't come cheap.

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According to Solidarity, these handsome payouts will cost South African taxpayers about R650 million.

Furthermore, of the 601 people who are expected to benefit from these payouts, 6 have been fired from SAPS, about 16 are dead, 28 have been given golden handshakes upon retirement, 33 are over 60 and also retired, 15 resigned, and 5 have been medically boarded.

The soldiers were supposedly part of either Azanian People’s Liberation Army or Umkhonto weSizwe.

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The families of the dead officers will be given the salary promotions on their behalf.

However, Solidarity pointed out that 178 of these benefactors were too young to have been involved in the struggle fight.

Johan Kruger, the Deputy Chief Executive of Solidarity, said that based on their birth dates, the officers in line to benefit would have been younger than 16.

30 of the 'soldiers' would have been 14 in 1990 - when the struggle was effectively over - and 8 of them would have been 13; 6 of the benefactors would have been 12 and 2 would have been as young as 11.

There are some who were not even born yet in 1990.

From the documents, it is clear that the entire system is being abused. If you look at the ages category on the documents, it’s clear that there are people who will benefit handsomely despite being very young children or not born at the time that they were meant to be fighting.

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There are people who will benefit from the promotions despite them having been fired, being dead, given golden handshakes or being retired. Basically, people who are no longer in the police will benefit from positions they have never occupied.

The union served the police with a legal notice to halt the promotions until a court review has been finalised, but apparently, they chose to ignore it.

Solidarity will now launch an urgent court application to have the promotions stopped. The police have not commented on the accusations.

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