Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union http://popcru.org.za Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:53:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://popcru.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/slider_default-150x150.jpg Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union http://popcru.org.za 32 32 17th World Federation of Trade Unions Congress program http://popcru.org.za/17th-world-federation-of-trade-unions-congress-program/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:01:07 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3300 17th World Trade Union Congress

POPCRU WISHES ITS SISTER UNION FAWU A SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL CONGRESS http://popcru.org.za/popcru-wishes-its-sister-union-fawu-a-successful-national-congress/ Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:24:53 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3295 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) wishes its sister union, the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) a fruitful and successful National Congress.

FAWU will be holding its 5-day National Congress from tomorrow in Bela-Bela, Limpopo.

Congresses afford delegates an opportunity to renew mandates, and in this regards we are confident that our sister union and ally will work towards unifying workers and the working class under the banner of COSATU, our common federation.

The unity of workers and the strengthening of our organs remain a paramount ideal we should all collectively foster under all circumstances.


Issued by POPCRU 21/08/2016

POPCRU TO LAUNCH THE ZIZAMELE CEBEKHULU COLLEGE http://popcru.org.za/popcru-to-launch-the-zizamele-cebekhulu-college/ Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:40:00 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3288

In line with our long-held idea of training our members in policing and security expertise that would give them capacity to deal with social transformation that the South African society is experiencing, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) will be, launching the Zizamele Cebekhulu College tomorrow, 18 August 2016.

This College is in partnership with the University of Free State, the University of Zululand, the Sam Houston State University, the Jackson State University, the Mississippi College School of Law and the Mississippi Valley State University.

It will undertake on a curriculum focusing on Forensic Science, Police Science, Corrections Studies, Traffic Management and Public Administration in the main, all ranging from Higher Certificates, Diplomas and Bachelors qualifications.

The launch is to take place at the main campus in Virginia, Free State, with learning centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and East London.

The official launch will take place as follows;

Date: Thursday, 18 August 2016

Venue: Virginia Sports Academy (Free State)

Time: 10h00

Amongst the speakers will be (see attached program);

  1. POPCRU President Zizamele Cebekhulu
  2. MEC S Mashinini
  3. Patrice Motsepe
  4. Minister Msebenzi Zwane
  5. Premier Ace Magashule

Media is hereby invited.

Issued by POPCRU on 16/08/2016

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POPCRU STRONGLY DENOUNCES THE STABBING OF 5 PRISON OFFICIALS AT THE SUN CITY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY http://popcru.org.za/popcru-strongly-denounces-the-stabbing-of-5-prison-officials-at-the-sun-city-correctional-facility/ Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:58:20 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3280 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) strongly condemns the stabbing of 5 correctional services members who were attacked when intervening to halt a gang-related altercation between inmates at the Sun City correctional facility over the weekend.

Both inmates and officials got injured from this unfortunate, planned altercation where these gangs were fighting against another. These officials have since been rushed to the Mulbarton Hospital for medical treatment with serious injuries.

This altercation happened at a time when half of the staff complement was off-duty in line with the Department of Correctional Services’ (DCS) shift pattern model, with a small number of officials having to overlook just below 500 inmates in the specific section that saw this altercation.

In the current shift pattern, there are two shifts with half of the staff at home while the other is at work at any given time, while nationally, the DCS training colleges can only accommodate 1000 trainees per year, simply indicating that, provided no measures are taken, the understaffing challenge will not be addressed in the near future cause of the growing prison population, therefore compromising the much-needed rehabilitation process.

We have on numerous occasions raised with the DCS that there are no proper shift patterns as they cause staff shortage on a regular basis, a challenge compounded by the fact that we also have understaffing and overcrowding within our facilities, meaning the current shift patterns aggravates the situation and urgently need to be reviewed.

We need proper strategies to deal away with gangsterim within correctional facilities, and that can only be achieved by employing proper rehabilitation processes, and not the installation of surveillance facilities. The DCS needs to focus on its core business of rehabilitating inmates.

Inmates should not remain indolent in correctional facilities, but do consistent work that will ensure these facilities become self-sufficient. They must contribute towards the running costs and decent up-keeping of these centres as this will contribute towards their rehabilitation and skills development.

Issued by POPCRU on 15/08/2016

POPCRU WELCOMES THE COURT DECISION TO UPLIFT THE UNLAWFUL SUSPENSION OF THE KZN PROVINCIAL POLICE COMMISSIONER http://popcru.org.za/popcru-welcomes-the-court-decision-to-uplift-the-unlawful-suspension-of-the-kzn-provincial-police-commissioner/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:06:12 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3270 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) welcomes the decision taken by the Kwa Zulu-Natal High Court to order upliftment of the unlawful suspension of the Provincial Police Commissioner, Mmamonnye Ngobeni, by the acting National commissioner without following due processes.

She was suspended on the basis of allegedly having an improper relationship with a politically connected businessman.

The effect of the Judgment is that there must have been a resolution by the Provincial Executive Council indicating they have lost confidence in the Provincial Police Commissioner. The relevant MEC would then communicate the resolution to the Minister of Police who must then instruct the National Police Commissioner to establish a board of inquiry.

In essence, the acting National Commissioner, Lt General Phahlane, did not have the authority to institute the fitness board against the Provincial Police Commissioner without a resolution by the Provincial Executive Council as envisaged by Section 8(2) (c) of the SAPS Act.

The acting National Police Commissioner surpassed his powers, and in return flouted processes, something that has been common under his tenure, as was the case when unilateral decisions were being taken about policing outside the prescripts of the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council.

The abuse of authority and lack of following proper procedures must come to an end. The South African Police Services (SAPS) management must comply with these regulations as they can’t flout their own processes.

We lastly appeal to the courts to apply consistency on similar matters where junior members face such disciplinary measures without proper processes being adhered to by the management.

Issued by POPCRU on 11/08/2016

POPCRU SUPPORTS THE NUM NATIONAL STRIKE http://popcru.org.za/popcru-supports-the-num-national-strike/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:19:21 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3261 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU)  supports the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) national strike against Eskom for the continued apartheid wage disparities based on race, a 10% wage increase for lowest paid employees, an 8,5% wage increase for higher earning employees and a housing allowance of R3000 for all.

We are of the view that these justified demands go long into uplifting workers from the dire economic conditions where consumer goods prices are ever-increasing.

The apartheid-style wage disparities for similar work should urgently be dealt away with as it cannot be acceptable that after 22 years into our democracy, similar outdone practices are being perpetrated by an organ such as Eskom.

We call on the management to urgently do away with these disparities and heed to the reasonable wage demands put forth by the employees’ representatives under the banner of the NUM.


Issued by POPCRU on 10/08/2016

POPCRU SADDENED BY THE SENSELESS KILLING OF PROVINCIAL INSPECTOR NKUMBA http://popcru.org.za/popcru-saddened-by-the-senseless-killing-of-provincial-inspector-nkumba/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:21:29 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3259 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is saddened by the unfortunate and senseless killing of Provincial Inspector AB Nkumba, who was shot three times while performing his duty as one of our most committed law enforcement officials in Standerton, Mpumalanga.

Like the many other committed law enforcers before him, he was shot in cold blood on the 5th of August when he stopped a vehicle that had transgressed traffic rules.

The suspects were later caught and arrested the same day near the Lesotho border in possession of an unlicensed firearm and the J534 book belonging to the Provincial Inspector. They appeared in the Ladybrand magistrates Courtson Monday, and they will be appearing at the Standerton Magistrate’s court tomorrow.

POPCRU members will be gathering outside the court from 8am tomorrow for a picket calling for an end to police killings and a bail denial.

We have seen a rise in police killings over the past month, with many kids becoming orphaned and wives widowed, and want to reiterate our call that police officers must act decisively when confronted by such criminal elements.


Issued by POPCRU on 09/08/2016


MAGISTRATE NEL MUST RECUSE HIMSELF FROM THE PAUL O’ SULLIVAN HEARING http://popcru.org.za/magistrate-nel-must-recuse-himself-from-the-paul-o-sullivan-hearing/ Tue, 02 Aug 2016 12:26:00 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3254 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) welcomes the move by the state to request the Magistrate to recuse himself on the matter of Mr Paul O’Sullivan, which was heard today at the Kempton Park Magistrate Court.

The state Advocate argued that the magistrate, Mr Nel, must recuse himself primarily on two reasons, firstly, that he made utterances of a political nature when he was adjudicating on the application by Mr O’Sullivan to have his bail application relaxed. Secondly, that Mr Nel was seen by the investigator, Captain Mkupa, in the company of the defence attorney, Mr Furman.

We have always maintained that Mr O’Sullivan has ulterior motives in his “white knight” activities in the country. His reasons to stay in this country have always been to advance the course of white oppression and privilege.

We do know that in his application for permanent residence Mr O’Sullivan stated that: “I so want to stay in this country, which I love so much and I believe it is one of the few countries left in the world that is not riddled with communist inspired unions and unsettlement”. Mr O’Sullivan, in his motivation, continued to state that: “This is still a Christian country and as a Christian [church of England] I feel it is the ideal environment to raise a family”.

It is also of concern that his application in 1982 was facilitated by a Member of Parliament [House of Assembly], Mr Watson, who nudged the Director General of Internal Affairs at the time to consider O’Sullivan’s application. The motivation by the erstwhile MP Mr Watson, was equally appalling. He stated: “I first met Mr O’Sullivan in the UK in an ex-serviceman’s club, Mr Frank Martin, Senior M.E.C. in Natal about two years ago [meaning in 1980]. He was keen to settle in S.A. Intelligent, well-educated and of a very conservative political attitude I believe he would be a very useful addition to the white community of our country. Upon conversation with him, it appears that he has voluntarily undergone military services overseas, and is very familiar with modern armoured weaponry. If allowed to remain in S.A. he would be very willing to undertake military services”.

It is abundantly clear that Mr O’Sullivan’s main purpose to “settle” in this country was mainly to destabilise the progressive forces of this country in pre-1994 era. His association with opposition parties, namely, AgangSA and the DA, that advance white privilege is therefore, not surprising.

We strongly urge that the relevant state organs to fully investigate his application for citizenship and to withdraw such as he is bent to destabilise this country. We now understand even better as to why he is targeting senior law enforcement officials in this country. We even understand why the current case against him of using multiple passports is not a minor case as the community is made out to believe. His usage of multiple passports is akin to agents who serve interests other than those of their country.

Judgement in the recusal application is reserved till Friday and we expect that the magistrate should do the right thing and recuse himself.

As for the accused, O’Sullivan, the progressive forces may march him out or urge that he must leave this country before we frogmarch him out.

Issued by POPCRU on 02/08/2016

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POPCRU SUPPORTS THE CEPPWAWU STRIKE OVER WAGE NEGOTIATIONS http://popcru.org.za/popcru-supports-the-ceppwawu-strike-over-wage-negotiations/ Tue, 02 Aug 2016 11:59:22 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3252 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) stands firmly behind the ongoing Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) strike for a living wage and a minimum wage of R8000 plus a shift allowance.

It can never be that at all material times, employees’ rational demands for a better living wage are compromised in the midst of decreasing living conditions our country finds itself, while these companies continue making huge profits which serve to increase salaries and bonuses of the top management alone.

We call on employers to be rational when dealing with such issues and accede to this justified demand of a 9% wage increase as most of these workers are already earning less that the input value they contribute towards the success of these companies. This, we believe, will go a long way in uplifting the living conditions of their dependants and society in general in attaining an equitable economic growth for society.

We call on all workers to go out and vote the African National Congress (ANC) in entrenching the hard-won rights of workers, including trade union workplace organising, collective bargaining, equal pay for equal work, health and safety, affirmative action, skills development, the right to strike, and the right to peaceful protest.

We are in solidarity with these workers as their hardships are ours. Forward to a decent living wage!

Issued by POPCRU on 02/08/2016

POPCRU CONGRATULATES THE SAPS FOR THE ARREST OF SUSPECTED HUMAN TRAFFICKERS http://popcru.org.za/popcru-congratulates-the-saps-for-the-arrest-of-suspected-human-traffickers/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:07:22 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3231 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) welcomes the arrest of three suspected human traffickers and the rescue of over 50 children by the South African Police Services (SAPS) over the weekend.

For years now, South African has been seen as a transit and destination country for trafficked men, women and children for purposes of prostitution, domestic servitude and unpaid labour. In some instances, young men from neighbouring countries are equally trafficked to South Africa for farm work without remuneration, and it has been witnessed that at later stages, their ‘employers’ would have them arrested and deported as illegal immigrants.

This form of modern day slavery has seen an estimate of 27 million slaves in the world today, which is the highest recorded number of slaves in human history, with half of these being in the average ages of 12-14 years, while locally, it is estimated that around 30 000 children are reportedly trafficked into our country on a yearly basis.

We commend the SAPS in this continued fight against human trafficking, and urge our communities to join in this noble fight as such deeds happen right within our neighbourhoods. Just as any other criminal activity cannot be a police issue alone, but a community issue as well, let us join hands and work together in confronting such ills.

As POPCRU, we will be working closely with communities and all stakeholders in creating awareness around this encounter.

Issued by POPCRU on 26/07/2016