The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) would like to appeal with all its members in the South African Police Service and Traffic Department to remember their call to service as they work hard to ensure the safety of all South Africans this Easter weekend. This time of the year is always met with jubilation and a spirit of gratitude as millions of Christians across the country remember the sacrifice made by their Lord Jesus Christ. It is in this light that POPCRU not only urges its members to remember their core values but also appeals with all citizens to prioritise human life above anything else.
Year after year, the Traffic Department reports back to the country about the preventable deaths on our roads during this holiday period. They also always record that the accidents which claim the lives of motorists, passengers and pedestrians could have been prevented had everyone obeyed the rules of the road and taken extra care. We encourage members of the community to not focus on evading road blocks but death and destruction. Driving un-roadworthy cars will result in the loss of both the lives of the people in the vehicle and innocent bystanders, and so does driving under the influence of alcohol.
POPCRU urges those travelling to different destinations to be cautious and patient as cars begin queuing on the various provincial and national roads. As per norm, pilgrims travelling to Moria in Limpopo will be heading to the N1 North and it is advised that motorists should keep that in mind.
The organisation humbly requests all religious groupings to pray for the upcoming elections on May 7 as they gather in various churches and temples. The success of the 5th National election is dependent on every South African and the Christian community is encouraged to prioritise that. As an affiliate of COSATU, POPCRU also urges all South Africans to remember that there is only one political party capable of leading the country to greater heights, and that is the ANC. POPCRU wants to also remind the public of the human blood that was shed for every citizen to be able to take to the polls despite their race and class. The organisation is disappointed with those described as ANC stalwarts who have made it their cause to call on South Africans to betray the sacrifices made by those who are no longer with us by not voting. We believe this campaign will not yield any positive results for either the greater citizenry or our hard-won democracy. We regard their message which encourages people not to vote the ANC or to spoil their votes as counter-democracy and plead with all our members to turn a deaf ear to these destructive messages.
Issued by POPCRU on 17/04/2014