SAPS officers still threatening to strike, have formed workers' union

SAPS officers still threatening to strike, have formed workers' union

Despite meeting with Police Minister Bheki Cele, the SAPS wants to continue with a planned strike over unhappiness within the force. The officers joined a new workers' union and want to strike on Monday.

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The South African Police Force threatened to go on strike a few days ago, but it was called off pending a meeting between union leaders and Police Minister Bheki Cele.

According to an earlier report by, the South African Policing Union said 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.

Mpho Kwinika, the union's president, stated the police service has been waiting for over ten years for government to deliver on some of these promises.

This meeting likely didn't go well as officers now threaten to strike on Monday, 18 March. The officers also joined a new worker's union - the South African Police and Allied Workers Union.

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The union says it has written to the minister, deputy minister and national police commissioner, but have received no answer as of yet.

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A report by eNCA indicated that police officers are also upset over recent promotions and the fact that experienced staff are overlooked in favour of other members of the force.

The disgruntled officers held a mass meeting to express their grievances:

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