- The South African Policing Union had called for a strike to take place today
The South African Policing Union had reportedly said that it would be going on strike today. However, the strike has since been canceled.
- However, the strike has been called off pending a meeting between union leaders and Police Minister Bheki Cele
The South African Policing Union had reportedly said that it would be going on strike today. However, the strike has since been cancelled.
The union says the threat of the strike was the result of government not treating the police with enough respect and for not delivering on promises they made to the police force.
According to Mpho Kwinika, the union's president, the police service has been waiting for over ten years for government to deliver on some of these promises.
Kwinika added that police would have protested peacefully during the strike, but that the lack of police services would have crippled the country.
Additionally, he elaborated on the police's grievances, saying that government was "taking advantage" of the police. He said, in some instances, issues that government should have addressed within 60 days took 15 years to be resolved.
The strike was called off because Police Minister Bheki Cele has agreed to a meeting with leaders of the police union and national Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole to discuss a way forward, according to Eyewitness News.
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