Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union http://popcru.org.za Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:04:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 POPCRU NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE STATEMENT http://popcru.org.za/popcru-national-executive-committee-statement/ http://popcru.org.za/popcru-national-executive-committee-statement/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:04:27 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2727 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) held its normal National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on the 29 August 2015. This was the first NEC after our successful 8th National Congress held in Durban from the 15- 19 June 2015.

The NEC was attended by the National Office-bearers and Provincial Secretaries and Chairpersons.

The meeting, among others, resolved as follows;

  1. On the POPCRU 8th National Congress 

Organised under the theme “Transforming the Criminal Justice Cluster in defence of the working class struggle for the advancement of the National Democratic Revolution”, the NEC made a thorough analysis of the events that unfolded at the 8th National Congress, and satisfied itself that despite minor challenges, the 5-day Congress was well coordinated, displayed the highest levels of maturity and delegates had ample time in deliberating issues at hand, and exultant that the fruitful debates and resolutions pondered on craft a progressive path in how the union would further its goals in the current term of office and beyond. Further, the NEC unanimously agreed that the Congress was one of the best in comparison to the previous Congresses.

Looking into events that extended, the NEC also welcomed the outcomes from the SACP 3rd Special National Congress and the COSATU Special National Congress respectively.

  1. On the Parliamentary Committee on Police 

The NEC is of the view that the separation of powers between the Parliament and the operational bureaucracy has been undermined and the recent uncomfortable developments attributed to the Committee leave little to be desired.

Their summoning of the Provincial Commissioners to come and apologise for their innocent support for the National Commissioner was reckless to say the least. They can only come to account to the Committee as far as matters around operations are concerned. Parliament cannot be entangled into issues of conduct at the operational level merely to push the agenda of getting to the National Commissioner, who has become the sole target in this instance. Parliament’s views in so far as their monitoring role is concerned cannot go to the lowest level of the bureaucracy as we witnessed with the latest inappropriate approach. How is the police management expected to give their all in the fight against crime when they are intimidated at the highest level of Parliament? We maintain that the Provincial Commissioners did nothing wrong by supporting their supervisor. It is our understanding, which we fully support that they were merely responding to an accusation that there was revolt in the SAPS management. It is a myth that they were convened because they ventured into the political sphere because there was nothing political about their statement.

This regrettable situation takes us back to the call made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) that the Commissioner must not be appointed by the President but by a certain Committee in Parliament, thereby seeking to undermine the powers as clearly enacted by the very Constitution the DA claims to uphold and defend. We believe it is incorrect and uncalled for, and that this process has demonstrated that the DA has effectively pushed through its process through the back door. In this regard, if there’s no reconsideration of the Portfolio’s stance, litigation will be the route to follow as an option to resolve this unnecessary impasse.

  1. On Marikana 

We are of the view that the Farlam Commission did not serve the purpose it was assembled for, but turned out to become a political grand-standing stage at the expense of finding real answers and solutions.

As POPCRU, we are monitoring developments and will definitely be defending our members on the matter.

We are of the view the matter is no longer about Marikana, but something else. On the basis of the Board of Inquiry’s allegations against the National Commissioner, we believe they do not have a case regarding the “concealed” meetings. We have not found anything wrong the National Commissioner has done insofar as the Marikana Commission is concerned, and further reiterate our stance that we fully support her.

  1. On Current Political Developments 

The NEC had lengthy debates around the current political discourse, with focus channelled towards the activities the Alliance has been pursuing of late, and therefore suggested, among others, that there is an urgent need for the Alliance Summits in provinces to be monitored and guided by the recently held National Summit as certain provinces have approached the matter differently, which seldom results in creating disunity.

The NEC feels proud of the current condition COSATU is in, and fully supports the decisions taken at the recent Special National Congress in July in Midrand. It expressed satisfaction in that all affiliates had agreed to a halt in certain actions attributed to the pre-SNC era where boycotts of meetings and deviant pronouncements were a regular phenomenon, and is looking forward to defending the unity achieved, with the understanding that unity is not an event, but a process.

In light of the released ANC National General Council (NGC) Discussion Documents, the NEC further reflected on the need to go back to basics in mobilising our communities for an overwhelming victory

We feel the culture and traditions of the ANC must be respected, and for that purpose, we will be engaging our structures leading towards the NGC.

  1. Upcoming POPCRU Provincial Congresses 

The NEC meeting had a discussion about the state of readiness of the upcoming POPCRU Provincial Congresses, and to that extent all measures are in place and Congresses ready to commence in September 2015.


Issued by POPCRU on 31/08/2015

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POPCRU WELCOMES COURT DECISION ON MIDO MACIA MURDER TRIAL http://popcru.org.za/popcru-welcomes-court-decision-on-mido-macia-murder-trial/ http://popcru.org.za/popcru-welcomes-court-decision-on-mido-macia-murder-trial/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:46:49 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2723  

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) welcomes the decision by the North Gauteng High Court on the eight former policemen who were found guilty for the murder of Mozambican national Mido Macia.

We are of the view that such unwarranted and unfortunate acts committed by these former police officers only serve to erode the public’s trust in the service, and serves as an embarrassment to the many police officers who remain committed to serving our communities.

We are absolutely against any form of police brutality and will not condone any such deeds which seek to undermine our efforts in nurturing good working relations with our communities.

We appeal to members of the community to foster good working relations with the police in ridding our society of all criminal elements who continue to kill police officers, and those undermining their oaths to serve the public with dignity and integrity.


Issued by POPCRU on 25/08/2015

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FREEDOM UNDER LAW AND CORRUPTION WATCH BLINDED BY OWN INCONSISTENCIES http://popcru.org.za/freedom-under-law-and-corruption-watch-blinded-by-own-inconsistencies/ http://popcru.org.za/freedom-under-law-and-corruption-watch-blinded-by-own-inconsistencies/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:53:25 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2720 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) finds mind-wobbling the fact that the advocacy groups Freedom Under Law and Corruption Watch have on numerous occasions been found to dismally fail in acting impartially when it relates to their application of what they term ‘law’.

David Lewis’ claim that we should all get worried about the National Prosecuting Authority smacks of sheer ignorance for the simple reason that his and Judge Kriegler’s posture suggests the opposite of whatever agenda they are driving.

Kriegler goes further to correctly state that a lawyer who lies to the court is unfit to be a lawyer, while they, including Paul Hoffman, have demonstrated to be selective in their shoddy outcries.

They were given complaints of a finding by the Pretoria magistrate against Gerrie Nel for lying under oath, a similar point they are currently raising against Nomcobo Jiba, yet they never acted at all when it came to Nel.

The same Gerrie Nel was recently implicated as having authorised the spying on of NPA offices. None of the two deemed it fit that the nation should be worried.

Hoffman on the other hand has made it his preoccupation to fight against the appointment of certain judges, displayed his fictitious foul-cry at the Seriti commission, he was silent on allegations against Gerrie Nel and probably the loudest voice on similar allegations against Richard Mdluli, Jiba and Mrwebi.

The same Hoffman had opened charges against the Chief Justice for having said there was a dire need for transformation of the judiciary, a case he dismally failed in. He continues to make biased utterances against the current administration whilst having shielded the corruption allegations against Glynnys Breytenbach who ran to the DA for cover when the net was closing in on her.

They were quiet

when the Democratic Alliance challenged the appointment of Menzi Simelane as NDPP head, despite the fact that there were credibility issue raised. Why should Nxasana be exempted when credibility issues are raised and acted on in this regard? Is it because he has been refused a security clearance by the State Security or on the basis that he shielded the DA’s shady Glynnys Breightenbach? Or is is because he has been, knowingly or unknowingly, converted into their lapdog for furthering their quest to capture the NPA and the judiciary for their selfish ends? Only time will tell.

Advocacy groupings such as the FUL are steadily disregarding the principle of impartiality in their application of the law insofar as targeting to challenge decisions mainly taken by black judges, therefore creating an impression that the latter were appointed not on the basis of merit, but colour. Their attitude towards transformation has been exposed, they serve as its impediment.

Issued by POPCRU on 21/08/2015

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Memorandum of demands to the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in support of PAME http://popcru.org.za/memorandum-of-demands-to-the-embassy-of-the-federal-republic-of-germany-in-support-of-pame/ http://popcru.org.za/memorandum-of-demands-to-the-embassy-of-the-federal-republic-of-germany-in-support-of-pame/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:04:12 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2718 Memorandum of demands to the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in support of PAME and working families of Greece, against austerity and Anti-workers measures memorandum
Submitted by the world federation of trade unions (WFTU) in South Africa, Tshwane on the 13 August 2015

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) in South Africa, joins workers of PAME on Greece, to demand an end to the 3rd Memorandum, which can only bring increased misery for the working people of Greece, upon whose shoulders the entire the entire burden and responsibility for the crisis of the capitalist system has been thrust.

The measures by the fatcats in Syriza and ANEL austerity alliance, provides no exit to the Greek crisis.

They will reduce the living conditions and incomes of the people even further.
These measures will provoke a new round of dismissals, in line with the plans by the Troika.
They will expand unpaid labour, enforce leave and other anti-worker measures.
This is early Christmas for the big European capitalist financiers and bankers, who will rake in more profits from austerity.

The new memoranda imposes a massive burden through a new loan worth 86 billion euros, tied towards criminal structural adjustment.

People will be taxed more, value added taxation of consumer basics steeply increased, with further cuts on pensions, more privatisation will be carried out and unadulterated banking transactional limits.

The new memorandum of the EU-ECB-IMF, constitutes a new offensive and the consolidation of a serious onslaught of the previous memoranda.

In this regard, we fully support PAME and working families and the massive demonstrations in every street, every workplace of Greece and adhere to the solidarity of millions across the world in calling for an end to the new anti-workers measures memorandum

The Federal republic of Germany is the leading shopsteward of the troika, the chief administrator of this catastrophic attack on Greek workers and the number 1 supporter of false conclusions. It is in bed with the capitalist Troika and their wishes to imprison more and more working people in Greece and across Europe and subordinate them to feudal standards of living.

We are also in support against using these barbaric measures to siphon away the sovereign right of the Greek people to present real political solutions based on new social ownership function, disengagement from the EU and NATO and the unilateral cancellation of the debt and the groundswell rejection of false criteria, which is the capitalist development of Greece.

As part of the class oriented trade union movement, We act in solidarity to demand the unconditional cancellation of the anti-workers measures memorandum



Signed on behalf of WFTU by
On: 13 August 2015

Signed on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany
On: 13 August 2015

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VAVI’S INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP-SEEKING ENVOY A QUACK http://popcru.org.za/vavis-international-friendship-seeking-envoy-a-quack/ http://popcru.org.za/vavis-international-friendship-seeking-envoy-a-quack/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:29:12 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2716 In the last month, Irvin Jim of NUMSA and Zwelinzima Vavi, the defunct former COSATU General Secretary went on a wicked solidarity-seeking mission in which all was said about the rest, but nothing about the role they played.

A clip titled “The struggle for Justice inside the South African Freedom Movement” is nothing but an exaggerated fuss which has nothing to do with its title, but a publicity-seeking stint that is slowly swindling away from the once media-happy former General Secretary whom during his ‘heydays’ opted to abandon organisational processes and instead communicate with the media.

It is important to acknowledge that any form of struggle is not an event, but a process. In a process, there are continuous engagements and dynamics at play, and in this regard, our federation has rules and guidelines for maintaining order and guide our scope. In this sense, the principle of Democratic Centralism provides a uniting knack behind all agreed positions.

Mr Vavi seems to belittle the decisions taken with him as part of the COSATU leadership and creates a false and dishonest impression that he was not part to such, when a collective had endorsed that members of the union and different affiliates should form part of government, a move that would seek to see more unionists swaying policy issues towards benefitting workers. He himself had ambitions of being Deputy President of the ANC when he clandestinely campaigned for self-centred position. He campaigned for this position as a role which would have seen him assuming the Deputy Presidency position, in Government and ultimately taking over government of South Africa in 2019. Having failed on his covert operations, he now resorts to character assassinations and blames everybody except himself. To claim that some were defocused by Parliament and that divisions within the Trade Union movement are as part of or resultant to the idea that the ANC under Zuma have simply co-opted the SACP and COSATU is a travesty to past COSATU and South African Communist Party decisions respectively.

Both Vavi and Jim, in their fundraising campaign, failed to be honest to their potential about the role they had been playing. They speak as if this was an event they shockingly watched on TV with disbelief and as commentators.

This is simply so because they know very well that after all and done, decisions were endorsed by the federation and accordingly implemented; something which might not be familiar with them called democratic centralism.

Jim himself was part of the divisive elements when they were poaching members from other sister unions in their quest to usurp the union, an attempts which dismally nosedived.

The recent COSATU Special National Congress reaffirmed some these COSATU decisions as eminent and relevant, and regardless of what the likes of Vavi may put forth, the Tripartite Alliance does recognise that there is still a lot to be done in improving the conditions of our people the country over, and that it is our collective responsibility to ensure as such.

Issued by POPCRU on 16/08/2015

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WOMEN MOVING SOUTH AFRICA FORWARD http://popcru.org.za/women-moving-south-africa-forward/ http://popcru.org.za/women-moving-south-africa-forward/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:15:48 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2711 Click Here to download the PDF Document

The 09 of August mark the watershed moment in the entire history of our country, when
more than 20 000 women from all walks of life assembled in the Union Buildings in Pretoria,
united in protest. These brave women’s risked their physical security by protesting against
the government. Some of these women carrying their babies, stood together to protest the
pass laws. This demonstration was the first mass action organised by women and participated
by women in liberation struggle, led by heroines Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Raheeda
Moosa, Sophia De Bruin and others. Significantly it demonstrated to the government
of the day as well as to the agents of patriarchy that women do have an ability to
become formidable force in the struggle for the liberation of the oppressed in South Africa.
It is known that even today women still do suffer injustices and subjugation based on their
gender. Patriarchal thinking holds that women are primarily care-givers and are capable
for the household duties. The struggle for women in South Africa is about redressing the imbalances
of the past.

POPCRU as the workers organisation understands the injustices and the subjugations faced
by our women at their workplaces and by the society at large on daily basis and advocating
on equal justice for all. POPCRU Gender desk believes that “ NO ONE CAN CLAIM LIBERATION
IF OUR WOMEN ARE STILL NOT LIBERATED”. Let the working class women unite with
the young and older women in our society and be influence in moving our country forward
by the word of Mao Tse Tung that “ In order to build a great socialist society it is of the utmost
importance to arouse the broad masses of women to join in productive activities.
Genuine equality between sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation
at large”.

It is for this reason POPCRU gender desk at National Level is in support of all programs
around the country during this month and is aligning with The Department of Women that
is leading in championing programmes and activities which seeks to improve the lives of
women and our young girls. Under the theme “ WOMEN UNITED IN MOVING SOUTH AFRICA


National Gender Co-ordi

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Question Time : 03 August 2015 – by SABC Digital News http://popcru.org.za/question-time-03-august-2015-by-sabc-digital-news/ http://popcru.org.za/question-time-03-august-2015-by-sabc-digital-news/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:09:08 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2708 Please go and view the video on our first page

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega was given until last Friday to tell President Jacob Zuma why she should still keep her job. The instruction followed
the release of the Marikana Report. The report lambasted police action for the deaths of 34 striking mineworkers at Marikana in 2012. Meanwhile, all nine
Provincial Police Commissioners have come out in support of the National Police Commissioner. But, what are POPCRU and the South African Police Union’s
positions on this matter?

A reminder that you can call us and air your views on the following numbers: 089 110 4210/ 00 27 89 110 4210

Our tweeter handle is @Questiontime24

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POPCRU is frantic about the recent spate of police killings http://popcru.org.za/popcru-is-frantic-about-the-recent-spate-of-police-killings/ http://popcru.org.za/popcru-is-frantic-about-the-recent-spate-of-police-killings/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:07:57 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2693 Police union POPCRU says they will not sit back and watch while their members lose their lives in line of duty. A constable was gunned down when he responded to a business robbery in Pretoria on Thursday. His death brings the number of officers killed to three this week alone. To discuss this further we are joined by Richard Mamabolo from the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union.


Please go to POPCRU’s Website to view the interview on the home page or follow the link from there to youtube……

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POLICE MUST NO LONGER DIE WITH THEIR GUNS IN HAND http://popcru.org.za/police-must-no-longer-die-with-their-guns-in-hand/ http://popcru.org.za/police-must-no-longer-die-with-their-guns-in-hand/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:07:38 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2688 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is frantic about the recent spate of Police killings having taken place over the last month.

With the killing of two Police officers in Vosloorus today, the recent killings of Constables Myeza and Mafokoane respectively, and many other senseless killings taking place on our highways, shopping malls and elsewhere, it has come to our attention that these criminals will stop at nothing in undertaking their malevolent deeds. They have took it upon themselves to butcher the very people who are protecting our communities, and therefore attempting to render our communities as criminal blisses.

Countless dedicated officers have lost their lives at the mercy of criminals wielding AK-47s. Such a state of affairs will come to an end! Police must act decisively in this regard.

We send out a strong message in condemning these attacks, and want to advise and assure any would-be criminals that the Police will use any necessary means possible when confronted with such characters. Police will no longer be killed while having their weapons at their disposal, and there shall be no mercy to anyone feeling bold enough to point any form of firearm at police. We also call upon the Police management across the country to ensure that our Police members are properly armed and well-resourced to defend themselves and innocent citizens. We shall not sit back and watch our country being hijacked by these criminal elements who continue to turn our children into orphans.

Our members remain committed to living up to the vision of the Police service in creating a safer and secure society, and in this regard we call on government to implement stricter gun laws and harsher punishments to non-abiding citizens.

We are also of the view that the current socio-economic challenges the majority of our people find themselves are part of the contributory factors promoting the social ills we witness daily, and necessary steps need to be taken forth in building a more equitable society for the benefit of all.


Issued by POPCRU on 29/07/2015

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POPCRU SADDENED BY THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF CDE VUSI KHOZA http://popcru.org.za/popcru-saddened-by-the-untimely-death-of-cde-vusi-khoza/ http://popcru.org.za/popcru-saddened-by-the-untimely-death-of-cde-vusi-khoza/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:14:15 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2685  

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU is saddened by the untimely death of Comrade Vusi Khoza.

Stationed at the Ncoame Correctional Centre and having being a senior Shop steward and a member of the Kwa Zulu-Natal Shopsteward Council,  Cde Khoza’s life came to an abrupt end when he got involved in a car accident last week Friday.

Comrade Vusi Khoza joined POPCRU from the Kroonstad Training College in 1997, which was an untransformed and segregated College without representative structures. Through their relentless effort, theu ended up having and forming part of the first Student Representative Council, leading with the late former Provincial Secretary Comrade Bhekisani Ntuli and the current Provincial Secretary Kwenza Nxele.

He was a paralegal officer, the Deputy Chairperson of COSATU Local.

A Memorial Service will be held tomorrow at the Ncoane Prison from 10am, and the funeral is to take place on Saturday at Newcastle.


May he rest in peace.


Issued by POPCRU on 27/07/2015

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