Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union http://popcru.org.za Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:51:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 POPCRU WILL GO TO THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND OVER RESTRUCTURING WITHIN SAPS http://popcru.org.za/popcru-will-go-to-the-highest-court-in-the-land-over-restructuring-within-saps/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:37:05 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2830 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) has noted how certain media houses and the SAPS management have termed the outcomes of last week’s Labour Court on the matter between POPCRU and the South African Police Services (SAPS), which created a false impression to the public that there was defeat on our part.

We want to categorically put it on record that there was no such defeat on our part, and what remains factual is that the SAPS contravened a collective agreement 02/2009 of the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC), in particular, clause 4.1 and 4.4 which requires the SAPS to have meaningful consultation with the union prior to the implementation of changes relating to restructuring and changes to the organisation of work.

Claiming to have meaningfully consulted and engaged us is deliberate misinformation by the SAPS management, and contrary to this collective agreement, the SAPS unanimously implemented the changes to the organisational structure and restructured prior to consultation with stakeholders.

It is on this basis that we approached the Labour Court with an urgent application to interdict the acting National Commissioner – Khomotso Phahlane from making any further implementations in this regard, so as to allow the SSSBC to conciliate on the matter between the involved parties.

Emanating from Sunday’s press conference addressed by the seemingly triumphant Minister of Police and his right-hand-man, it is clear they are to continue restructuring, as they boldly state.

It is imperative to appreciate that we will not let this matter slide. We will not allow for any space that seeks to undermine the role of unions, and will not let individuals determine members’ destiny without consultation as this compromises the very service delivery we all wish to uphold.

We are still pursuing this matter, and should we find grounds to appeal we will take the matter to the Labour Appeal Court and further to the Highest Court in the Land to allow justice and law to take its course.

We want to assure our members and the public that the unfounded rumour of defeat is a gross misconception, we will take the battle forward.

 

Issued by POPCRU on 26/01/2016

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SAPS RESTRUCTURING A PLOY FOR PHAHLANE’S AMBITION http://popcru.org.za/saps-restructuring-a-ploy-for-phahlanes-ambition/ Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:08:16 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2826 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is getting increasingly concerned about the continued ignorance and disregard for procedural agreements displayed by the acting National Commissioner.

As part of the so-called Back to Basics campaign, which is being loud hailed without the necessary resources and has not been discussed anywhere through the involvement  stakeholders, Phahlane continues to undermine the role and decisions of collective agreements and that of stakeholders.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is in direct contravention of the collective agreement signed at the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC) which indicates that the SAPS must have a meaningful consultation with the parties to the collective agreement before any implementation of any matter such as restructuring and any other changes to the organization are effected.

As part of his self-serving agenda, Phahlane has unilaterally started implementing the restructuring process which is not informed by any strategy.

In the past 5 years, the SAPS has been restructured 4 times with top-heavy structures, with lots of managers at the Head Office doing absolutely nothing, and this has not yielded any positive results in dealing with crime, but instead created a long bureaucratic process.

Provinces are currently in tatters because of the cluster project, making it difficult for station commanders to take decisions because cluster commanders overrule them, yet there is no clear separation of powers between the two.

There is brewing dissatisfaction among operational members as they do not know who to listen to, and as we speak, clusters in provinces are being reduced without any consultation, with many police not knowing where they are going to work and where these clusters are to be situated. Again, there is no synergy as to where the so-called restructuring must start and end.

For us, this move is a clear move to appease his cronies instead of focusing on real police challenges. It is about a power struggle that also seeks to undermine the role unions play. The SAPS management does not know whether it is coming or going. Compounded to this challenge is the fact that Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko is found wanting. He has failed to finalise the white paper on the new Criminal Justice cluster as a value chain, and the white paper on the Police act which must be amended so as to separate functions of the Ministry and those of the Director General which are operational in nature.

The acting National Commissioner is desperately aspiring to be confirmed as a permanent National Commissioner, which characterises the chaotic and confrontational situation members would be subjected to.

 

Issued by POPCRU on 19/01/2016,

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SAPS MANAGEMENT HAS CONSCIOUSLY SENT LEARNER CONSTABLES TO THE GALLOWS http://popcru.org.za/saps-management-has-consciously-sent-learner-constables-to-the-gallows/ Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:22:24 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2820  

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) learned with shock last week Friday that student constables across all Colleges were preparing to go home for ten days during the December holidays. The students prepared themselves to go home because they had been communicated to in writing by SAPS management that they would be granted recess during this period. However, after having made arrangements for transport in the form of taxis and having bought flights/ bus tickets, they were given an instruction that they would not go home but instead they would be deployed to work at various malls during the festive season.

According to the SAPS prescripts, these students cannot be utilised on operational matters whatsoever, until they complete their training, which will be in February 2016.

With 82 fully qualified police officers having being killed this year alone, a figure excluding those injured in the line of duty, student constables who are, by law, not allowed to arrest,  are not  firearm competent and therefore cannot carry or utilise firearms, do not have a minimum requirement for Operational and no Appointment Certificate, are being sent out in full uniforms to do Operational duties, only with reflectors, bullet proofs and torches by the arrogant South African Police Services (SAPS) management.

In an attempt to safe this embarrassing situation, SAPS management was engaged until last night [15.12.2015] by POPCRU and the management became arrogantly defensive to proceed with their illegal actions of exposing unqualified and not-ready students into the streets. It is clear that whilst they pretend to be sympathising with the killing of police officers, their actions prove them to the contrary when they deliberately expose these poor students to be butchered by cruel and merciless criminals. All these students are currently in the theory phase, meaning they have not event completed other competencies and have no sufficient basic knowledge. To this extent, even last level students are not, by law, allowed to work outside on the field. This irrational and illegal action by the SAPS management is tantamount to suicide.

Instead of developing mechanisms and resourcing the police with the necessary apparatus to address the problem, SAPS management deploys students who are still undergoing basic training to the malls exposing them to serious danger before they become ready for crime fighting practises and procedures. This is in direct contrast with SAPS’ own prescripts which regulate the operations and functioning of the students undergoing basic training.

This situation is unfortunate and we are not going to keep quite whilst these defenceless potential servants of South Africa are hanged by the SAPS and ill-prepared to be tormented by criminal elements.

 

Issued by POPCRU on 16/12/2015

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POPCRU URGES MOTORISTS TO ABIDE BY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON http://popcru.org.za/popcru-urges-motorists-to-abide-by-safety-precautions-during-the-festive-season/ Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:04:29 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2817 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) would like to urge all motorists making their ways to different parts of the country and beyond to remain cautious of all road safety rules during the festive season.

We have, over the 2014/ 15 season witnessed approximately 1118 fatal road accidents which claimed over 1368 lives between December 1 2014 and January 5 2015.

Most of these fatalities were avoidable and have been linked to reckless, irresponsible and disrespectful human conduct such as:

  • Over-speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless overtaking
  • Driver-fatigue from long and uninterrupted driving,
  • Failure to use seatbelts and other restraints,
  • Un-roadworthy vehicles, and
  • Unlicensed and illegally licensed drivers

Members within the traffic cluster should not be deterred by all the unruly conduct on the part of some of the road users, and should work hard in ensuring the safety of all road users against all odds. We take this opportunity to wish them all the best as they will be executing their important responsibilities on all the roads within the country.

Let us all work jointly is safeguarding the many important lives of our commuters, and in ensuring they return back to their loved ones safely.

 

Issued by POPCRU on 11/12/2015

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POPCRU march against Police killings http://popcru.org.za/popcru-march-against-police-killings/ Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:13:25 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2806 Downloadable Documents for the two memorandums that was handed  over:

 

MEMORANDUM TO THE ACTING COMMISSIONER

MEMORANDUM TO THE ACTING COMISSIONER – KHOMOTSO PHAHLANE PERTAINING TO THE SPATE OF BRUTAL POLICE KILLINGS
SUBMITTED ON 20 NOVEMBER 2015 

  1. PREAMBLE

POPCRU and its members employed in the South African Police Services, Department of Correctional Services and Traffic recognise the civil and basic human rights of all people in South Africa including the leadership and its membership. We recognise further that such basic human rights are fundamental rights worthy of enhancement and protection, and we are as such committed to the creation and development of a security establishment, which is the just expression of the will of the people.  A system, which will reflect co-operation between our members and the community in an effort to truly serve and protect all members of our society in line with our Constitution.

  1. DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND SECURITY 

We recognise and appreciate the fact that the department of Safety and Security is the key strategic state component where government needs to ensure safety and security of all South Africans.

We note with grief the continuous spate of perpetuated violence and the brutal nature of killing Police members by criminals. It has become an abnormal manifestation that a day does not go-by without a police officer been maimed and killed.

It is sensibly clear out of this senseless and terrific act of manslaughter targeted against the police officers that the country is experiencing a protracted war ahead. This disastrous tendency and came to a conclusion that this is a well-orchestrated agenda evidently designed to instil fear and intimidation to those entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of all South Africans and consequently create instability within the country.

We are however, perturbed by the fact that instead of urgently attending to this catastrophe, the Acting Commissioner is busy ballooning the organisational structure, which is merely going to result in unnecessary use of tax payers money [Exorbitant Expenditure]. It is a well-known fact that the organisational structure is riddled with contradictory sub-structures that have created amongst others:

  • Duplication of functions on top; and
  • Paralysis of efficient policing operation at grass root level.

Drafting of policing methodology can no longer be a sacred domain of top management – better part of which constitutes anti–labour, undemocratic and anti-transformative agendas. There is no need at all to bring people from abroad [as attempts are already underway in this regard] to do something for us which we have the capacity to do on our own – with perfection. The lack of coherent, integrated and collaborative Criminal Justice System also contributes to the current state of affairs.

In just less than twelve [12] months and in 2015 alone, there are over seventy three [73] police officers killed in the country and these includes those Police Officers who have been wounded in the line of duty while acting out their tasks of ensuring South African communities are protected from criminals. This makes up a total of at least six [06] Police Officers killed per day and we characterise it as war that has been declared by heartless underworld operatives to create chaotic environment for the community at large to endure vulnerability and defencelessness, thus triggering insurgence.

We are seriously troubled by the quietness of the Minister on this terrifying matter which worries, not only the South African citizenry, but the world at large. The Acting Commissioner seem to continue with business as usual and show no sign of concern to those tasked with responsibility to protect the entire society. The killing of police cannot be just an ordinary incidents which authorities seem to care-less about. We are saying to the Minister: “The time has come and the time is now to stand up to defend ourselves and protect the communities who rely on us as Police members for their safety.

The time is now for all Police officers to defend the artillery they carry to defend themselves, the broader community and their property. Police officers must effectively defend themselves against any form of violent attack by criminals. It is our stance that we condemn any form of brutality, be it brutality against the society or against the police. Within this understanding, the act of police officers’ defence against the continued onslaught directed to them should never be construed to be police brutality. Whilst the Minister and his Acting Commissioner hides behind the bush during this petrifying moment, police officers must never surrender to the criminals, instead they should reinforce and take them head-on with everything at their disposal. Police Officials must at all times stay vigilant and claim back their authority over criminality and law-breaking tendencies.

We shall not sit back and watch our streets hijacked by criminals. We say: Police officers must ensure that they recess for the purpose of mourning each day a police officer gets killed.

We note that crime levels have and continue to escalate daily which is a clear indicator that the Security of the country is under siege. A killing of one Police Officer is one too many. Even on this one, the Minister is still silent in action; we see no plan from him at all to attend to this unbearable and unbecoming catastrophe. We are and have declared War on criminals and we shall have no mercy on criminality. The safety and security of police officers is our serious concern and can no longer be delayed. Within this contextual framework, we demand the following:

  1. Immediate Plan and Action by the South African Police Service for the defence of police officers against the continued onslaught unleashed against them.
  2. Members criminally charged for defending themselves against this continued onslaught, must be defended by the South African Police Service and they proper professional counselling provided to them.
  3. Establishment of a component tasked with responsibility to look into the plight of police officers since IPID looks into actions against police officers.
  4. Set up a Special unit to investigate progress reports on all cases of the killed Police Officers while within the scope of employment.
  5. Instead of wasting tax payers’ money to create Job For Palls through the bloating of the SUPERFLUOUS Top-Heavy structure, more police officers must be recruited immediately to capacitate all police stations around the country.
  6. SAPS must immediately start preparing submissions to assist government on the review the gun laws currently applicable in the country where some sections of the society create arsenals at home.
  7. The South African Police Service must embark on a process of putting together submission to Parliament to enact legislation for the mandatory sentencing for those found guilty of killing police officers.
  8. Safer working conditions [Improved bullet-proof vests, cars, etc.] and Maximisation of Safety tools for Police to conduct their work.
  9. Strict Police visibility in all Metros [similar to the 2010 World Cup model].
  10. Urgent Introduction of armoured Police vehicles to protect Police officers when confronted with criminal elements.
  11. Urgent Improvement of Employee Assistance Programmes
  12. Guaranteed safety of members’ transport to and from work and police officers to be armed at all times.
  13. Continuous remedial and training of Police officers

In view of the above exposition pertaining to the slaughtering of police officers, we demand the Minister to immediately attend to this matter and respond within fourteen days [14] days effective from today, Friday 20 November 2015.

 

MEMORANDUM TO THE MINISTER OF POLICE

MEMORANDUM TO THE MINISTER OF POLICE – NKOSINATHI NHLEKO PERTAINING TO THE SPATE OF BRUTAL POLICE KILLINGS
SUBMITTED ON 20 NOVEMBER 2015

 

  1. PREAMBLE

POPCRU and its members employed in the South African Police Services, Department of Correctional Services and Traffic recognise the civil and basic human rights of all people in South Africa including the leadership and its membership. We recognise further that such basic human rights are fundamental rights worthy of enhancement and protection, and we are as such committed to the creation and development of a security establishment, which is the just expression of the will of the people.  A system, which will reflect co-operation between our members and the community in an effort to truly serve and protect all members of our society in line with our Constitution.

  1. DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND SECURITY 

We recognise and appreciate the fact that the department of Safety and Security is the key strategic state component where government needs to ensure safety and security of all South Africans.

We note with grief the continuous spate of perpetuated violence and the brutal nature of killing Police members by criminals. It has become an abnormal manifestation that a day does not go-by without a police officer been maimed and killed.

It is sensibly clear out of this senseless and terrific act of manslaughter targeted against the police officers that the country is experiencing a protracted war ahead. This disastrous tendency and came to a conclusion that this is a well-orchestrated agenda evidently designed to instil fear and intimidation to those entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of all South Africans and consequently create instability within the country.

We are however, perturbed by the fact that instead of urgently attending to this catastrophe, the Minister and his Acting Commissioner are busy ballooning the organisational structure, which is merely going to result in unnecessary use of tax payers money. It is a well-known fact that the organisational structure is riddled with contradictory sub-structures that have created amongst others:

  • Duplication of functions on top; and
  • Paralysis of efficient policing operation at grass root level.

Drafting of policing methodology can no longer be a sacred domain of top management – better part of which constitutes anti–labour, undemocratic and anti-transformative agendas. There is no need at all to bring people from abroad [as attempts are already underway in this regard] to do something for us which we have the capacity to do on our own – with perfection. The lack of coherent, integrated and collaborative Criminal Justice System also contributes to the current state of affairs.

In just less than twelve [12] months and in 2015 alone, there are over seventy three [73] police officers killed in the country and these includes those Police Officers who have been wounded in the line of duty while acting out their tasks of ensuring South African communities are protected from criminals. This makes up a total of at least six [06] Police Officers killed per day and we characterise it as war that has been declared by heartless underworld operatives to create chaotic environment for the community at large to endure vulnerability and defencelessness, thus triggering insurgence.

We are seriously troubled by the quietness of the Minister on this terrifying matter which worries, not only the South African citizenry, but the world at large. The Minister and his cohorts seem to continue with business as usual and show no sign of concern to those who protects him and the entire society.

The killing of police cannot be just an ordinary incidents which authorities seem to care-less about. We are saying to the Minister: “The time has come and the time is now to stand up to defend ourselves and protect the communities who rely on us as Police members for their safety.

The time is now for all Police officers to defend the artillery they carry to defend themselves, the broader community and their property. Police officers must effectively defend themselves against any form of violent attack by criminals. It is our stance that we condemn any form of brutality, be it brutality against the society or against the police. Within this understanding, the act of police officers’ defence against the continued onslaught directed to them should never be construed to be police brutality. Whilst the Minister and his Acting Commissioner hides behind the bush during this petrifying moment, police officers must never surrender to the criminals, instead they should reinforce and take them head-on with everything at their disposal. Police Officials must at all times stay vigilant and claim back their authority over criminality and law-breaking tendencies.

We shall not sit back and watch our streets hijacked by criminals. We say: Police officers must ensure that they recess for the purpose of mourning each day a police officer gets killed.

We note that crime levels have and continue to escalate daily which is a clear indicator that the Security of the country is under siege. A killing of one Police Officer is one too many. Even on this one, the Minister is still silent in action; we see no plan from him at all to attend to this unbearable and unbecoming catastrophe. We are and have declared War on criminals and we shall have no mercy on criminality. The safety and security of police officers is our serious concern and can no longer be delayed. Within this contextual elucidation, we demand the following:

  1. Proper cooperation between the police and members of the society in exposing all forms of crime and covert operations.
  2. Government to design the Bill Boards that should be installed within and around communities highlighting the importance of working together with the police and condemning the senseless killing of police officers.
  3. The government to immediately review the gun laws currently applicable in the country where some sections of the society create arsenals at home.
  4. Consideration through legislation for the mandatory sentencing for those found guilty of killing police officers.
  5. Instead of wasting tax payers’ money to create Job For Palls through the bloating of the SUPERFLUOUS Top-Heavy structure, more police officers must be recruited immediately to capacitate all police stations around the country.
  6. Call on the State President to immediately enact the long awaited Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill which is aimed at providing for the authority to promote crime prevention partnerships with other organs of state.
  7. The amendment of the Criminal Procedure Act, SAPS Act, Fire-arm Control Act to enable Police officers to defend themselves with fire when under fire. Police killings should be considered as treason as they are an attack on the state.
  8. Safer working conditions [Improved bullet-proof vests, cars] and all Police Killings cases to be prioritised.
  9. Set up a Special unit to investigate progress reports on all cases of the killed Police Officers while within the scope of employment.
  10. Creation of one National Police under one National Commissioner.
  11. Maximisation of Safety tools for Police to conduct their work.
  12. Ongoing campaign for people to hand over illegal firearms.
  13. Strict Police visibility in all Metros [similar to the 2010 World Cup model].
  14. Urgent Introduction of armoured Police vehicles to protect Police officers when confronted with criminal elements.
  15. Urgent Improvement of Employee Assistance Programmes.
  16. Guaranteed safety of members’ transport to and from work.
  17. Police officers to be armed at all times.

In view of the above exposition pertaining to the slaughtering of police officers, we demand the Minister to immediately attend to this matter and respond within fourteen days [14] days effective from today, Friday 20 November 2015.

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POPCRU Extended NEC Statement http://popcru.org.za/popcru-extended-nec-statement/ Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:31:39 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2798  

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) held its extended National Executive Committee meeting from the 13-15 November 2015 at the Kievitz Kroon Country Lodge, Tshwane.

This meeting was extended to all Provincial Office Bearers (POBs), and over the past 3 days, delegates from these provinces congregated to assess the work done since the last NEC meeting. The meeting received and discussed at length the political and organisational reports, which both assisted to deliberate on the political and ideological outlook of our organisation.

 

On the Portfolio Committee on Police (PCP) 

We are particularly troubled about the attitude displayed by the Portfolio Committee on Police over the past months in relation to the manner they have handled matters relating to policing.

At the height of this worrying trend is its handling of the manner they publicly lambasted top police officials and the 9 provincial commissioners for their statement in support of the suspended National Commissioner Riah Phiyega, and therefore accusing them of stepping into the political arena.

The fact that they were responding to allegations that the SAPS management was at war with itself and that there was a rupture was simply ignored. This simply reflects their desperation to deal with the National Commissioner.

It can definitely not be correct that the SAPS managers are publicly condemned and intimidated in the manner the Portfolio Committee did. Our view is that the South African Police Service was doing well despite the challenges as issues of transformation and service delivery were getting upper concentration.

 

Krugersdorp 4 

It is unfortunate that in their continued efforts to fight crime, most South African police do so also fearing for their lives. The recent spate of police killings remains an alarming concern.

Due to their silence, the police leadership seems to be under no impression that there has been a protracted war ahead of them; a war that has been declared by heartless criminals on men and women in blue.

On an increasingly regular basis, the country is robbed of true patriots, dedicated officers who are continuously contributing to the safe and crime free South Africa.

Policing remains a very difficult and challenging duty and SAPS members face dangerous and vicious criminals, who do not hesitate to kill them. An attack to the police is an attack to the society and efforts to serve and protect communities should not be deterred by heartless criminals.

Such incidents affect the police officials in number of ways in their attempt to guard and protect communities. They affect the quality of their work, relationship with their major stakeholders (communities) and the sort of mechanisms that can be brought on board to minimise violent incidents.

It is quite frightening that police work is made by criminals and those who unjustly attack police officers a high risk career in South Africa. Police are allowed in terms of the law to use minimum force to effect arrests as per Section 49 of Criminal Procedure Act [ACT 51 of 1977 as amended].

As society, we need to ask ourselves as to whether the rights of criminals are above those of Police officers.

On the other hand, we are faced with the crisis of police officers losing their lives in the line of duty. In the process, we have society and certain civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations condemning the police in general. Our policy stance is that we condemn any form of brutality, be it brutality against the society or against the police. We will continue our support for the 4 police officers from the Krugersdorp SAPS.

With regards to the Magistrate at Krugersdorp, we feel his ruling to deny the four Police officers bail was an injustice. The fact is that no one opposed bail; these members posed no flight risk.

Making comparisons with other cases, such as the recent Pistorius one, bail was granted without hesitation while he posed more risk in that regard.

These officers do not pose any such risk, and we are of the view the manner in which the decision to deny them bail is reflective of the racist approach by the same judicial officers. 

 

On Recent Student Protests

We are fully in support of the recent justified student protests and share the pain the many South African youth are faced with in relation to accessing educational opportunities beyond passing matric.

For many young people in our country, in the country, education acts as a lifeline between uplifting our families out of the bondage of poverty or sinking deep in to a life of squalor, and with the level of youth unemployment facing our country currently, a lot needs to be done in ensuring we produce students that will feed into building our infrastructural needs.

The fact is that education is becoming increasingly expensive side-lines children of the poor and the working class, and we are of the view that currently, our education system is not informed by our societal needs. The regular change of content within basic education, which is in tatters, only indicate that you will expect similar results in higher education, and this is not just a student matter, but a societal issue since the illness of our society lies in the education system.

The current curriculum needs to be radically transformed such that our education system creates space for an alternative view other than that of feeding into the neo-liberal agenda. We also need to move towards an education system which is not based on a standardised approach and capable of producing self-standing critical individuals, not human robots as is the case right now.

We also need to come out strongly against the emerging trends of privatisation in education as private companies are beginning to see children as a commodity and the education sector as another mine. Our youth’s education must be protected as a public good.

 

On the COSATU 12th National Congress

Our extended NEC meeting deliberated thoroughly on COSATU 12th National Congress discussions documents, and to that extent, we have consolidated our views.

In the main, ours is participating in a Congress that is robust on debates that will see resolutions of the federation uniting the membership and crafting a programmatic program of action that would comprehensively serve the interest of our members. To this extent the NEC has been pleased with the tone the discussion documents have put forth.

We are looking forward to the consolidation of unity within our beloved federation as it approaches its 30th Anniversary of relentless struggles for workers’ rights.

 

PROGRAM OF ACTION FOR THE MOBILIZATION OF MEMBERS AND THE COMMUNITY AGAINST POLICE KILLINGS

Purpose: Heighten awareness on the scourge of police killings and demand for action from Government in defence of members.

Phase one

  • Mobilization of  MDM structures and the society
  • Immediate defiance of unjust instructions for an example refuse work in risky situation alone
  • Lunch hour pickets
  • Provincial March in Gauteng 18th November and mobilization of members
  • Mobilization of law enforcement officials to join in the protests

Phase two

National March to the Acting National Commissioner of Police and both Ministers of Police and that of Justice and Correctional Services

  • Friday the 20thNovember 2015.
  • 7 days for response

Phase Three

We shall mourn the loss of our members each day a member gets killed

NB!

During all Lunch breaks, our pickets will continue throughout

 

Please view the “Draft POA on Police killing”, by clicking……………. HERE

 

Issued by POPCRU on 15/11/2015

 

 

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Post available for: “Education and Training Officer: Secretariat Department” http://popcru.org.za/post-available-for-education-and-training-officer-secretariat-department/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:38:25 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2796 POPCRU seeks to appoint a highly motivated, professional, committed and dynamic individual to hold the following position at its National
Office in Johannesburg:

Minimum requirements:

National Diploma in Human Resources, a Degree in the same  field will be an added advantage. Knowledge of
Labour Relations Act. General HR Management skills knowledge of relevant acts and legislation Facilitation skills as well as Training and
Development skills.

Key responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

  • Facilitate the implementation of POPCRU’s skills development plan
  • Serve as an expert resource for accrediting POPCRU’s training providers
  • Provides skills and competency needs analysis and research on skills
  • Represents POPCRU at various committees and meetings
  • Assists in developing employee assistance programmes and awareness
  • Liaises with various training institutions.

NB: POPCRU OFFERS MARKET RELATED REMUNERATION.
To apply, please post your CV accompanied by an application letter with certified copies of your qualifications not older than three
months to:

PO Box 8657,
Johannesburg
2092

or hand deliver to:

POPCRU House,
No 1 Marie Road,
Auckland Park,
Johannesburg.

For enquiries please contact Londekile Zuma at Human Resources Department on 011 242 4600.
Should you not hear from us within 10 working days after the closing date, please consider your application to be unsuccessful.

Closing date: 20/11/2015; Time: 16:30.

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POPCRU Press Conference Statement http://popcru.org.za/popcru-press-conference-statement-2/ http://popcru.org.za/popcru-press-conference-statement-2/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:08:53 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2793 Upon visiting the scene of the incident and doing further assessments and engagements with our members in Krugersdorp, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is of the view that not all of what was captured on media platforms reflect an accurate turn-out of events.

Police have over the past months being targeted by criminals, with the sole aim of killing them, a point that they are willing to stop at nothing in their ill-conceived deeds, and for this reason, we have seen many among our ranks leaving behind widowed wives and orphaned children, most recently being Thomas Mavada who was killed in Limpopo while on duty, and other officers in the North West Province.

We send out our heartfelt condolences to the many families and Police who have lost their loved ones, husbands, fathers, mothers, colleagues, and as POPCRU want to assure them that it will never be that their lives were lost in vain. We declare war a relentless war on criminals. No more shall our Police officers fall victim to these senseless killings.

Police officers have for some time being unfairly treated and marginalised by the dominant public opinion as though their lives do not matter. This has led to the demoralising standards we find, and the fact that many are never sure as to whether leaving home for work might be their last day does play into the prospect of feeling unsafe.

The fact of the matter is that the initial suspect in the Krugersdorp matter demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt the willingness to kill Police officers, and this demonstrates that criminals have lost a sense of respect for both civilians’ and Police’s rights to life.

Each incident has its own merits and demerits, and in this instance we are to support the four accused Police Officers throughout their court cases as we have done with others in the past.

We are equally concerned about the posture the Acting National Commissioner has taken by simplistically resorting to suspending the Station Commander without any valid reason and without even bothering to closely look into the matter. We feel that reflects poor leadership on their part. We call on the Police management to become proactive when coming to the welfare of police officers as their silence on the matter is deafening.

We call on communities to join us as we support the accused officers and demonstrate against the multiple unjust police killings that have marred our country in recent months.

We fully support the Krugersdorp 4, and encourage all officers across the country to be vigilant in the same manner.

We reiterate our call that Police should act decisively when confronted with any imminent danger to their lives.

 

Issued by POPCRU on 06-11-2015

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POPCRU Message Of Support To The LEPOSA Policy Conference And 15Th Anniversary Celebrations http://popcru.org.za/popcru-message-of-support-to-the-leposa-policy-conference-and-15th-anniversary-celebrations/ Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:09:13 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2789 Comrades and friends

The Leadership of the Lesotho Police Staff Association,
Representatives of fraternal organisations present,
Most importantly, delegates to this progressive gathering.

On behalf of our more than 160 000 and growing POPCRU members organised under the Police, Prisons and traffic sectors in South Africa, receive our revolutionary greetings.

We are particularly proud due to the fact that we celebrate with you, the Lesotho Police Staff Association (LEPOSA)’s 15th Anniversary on this occasion, as this has a direct impact on the posture we commonly wish to realise; that of having all our members respectively championing the interests of the working class across our region, and ultimately throughout our beloved continent.

Not only is this gathering aimed merely at celebrating LEPOSA’s 15th Anniversary, but to us as POPCRU, it is of high significance in that the vision we have always aspired for, that of assisting in unionising Police across the Southern African Development Communities (SADC) is steadily materialising.

In the same breadth, we are confident that with your growth in these past 15 years of service, your shared experiences and challenges in this noble quest have moulded and nurtured you in solidifying the strength and unity of the association.

As countries, we continue to have shared experiences in that we are commonly faced by many challenges as a people, most universally being the instability that had validated itself within your country, the scourge of impoverishment of our people across the diaspora, mainly perpetrated by the ills associated with the exploitative capitalist policies in the form of Structural Adjustment Programs that continue to prevent any form of equal footing as it relates to the economy.

Even under our democratic breakthrough in South Africa, and in appreciating the visible and progressive role our liberation movement under the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) has played, much still needs to be done in confronting the challenges faced.

Our long-held moral goal to promote labour relations within SADC in ensuring that other countries in this region also enjoy improved labour legislation that promotes a culture of human rights and human dignity.

Within policing, we continue to have different conditions of service but also share a number of common concerns and interests. These common interests include, but are not limited to poor working conditions, high levels of crime and social unrest, and very poor police community relations. It is for this reason that POPCRU took a resolution to unionize the police and prison officers throughout SADC as an intervention of giving them a collective voice when dealing with issues pertaining to sound labour relations. While police labour rights are recognised in most Western countries and even encouraged, South Africa is currently the only country in the Southern African region in which police unionism is a reality.

As a result, we realised that the attainment of social and political rights for Police and Correctional Service [Prisons] employees is not only important or relevant in South Africa, but should be achieved in the rest of the Southern Africa as well.

Police members, like other workers in the public and private sector, should have the right to form and join representative organisations such as trade unions/associations. We strongly believe that Police Unions contribute positively to the overall effectiveness and professionalism of the Police.

We come from our 8th POPCRU National Congress which took place in Durban, which happens to be one of our provinces neighbouring this mountain kingdom, and through that platform delegates recommitted ourselves to assist in building Police representative organisations and developing processes and structures for collective bargaining by convening International Symposiums with the purpose of inculcating responsible and sound labour relations among Police and Prisons in SADC and beyond with respect and compliance of individual country legislative provisions by sharing experiences that will improve internal and external governance of policing in Africa.

You continue to remain our dependable ally in this noble quest, and the role of fostering good working relations and unionising the continent is our shared duty, and such work of solidarity must at all material conditions remain a priority in uniting workers and the working class within our SADC region.

Forward to yet another progressive 15 years forward!

I thank you.

 

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Two New Judgment Outcomes http://popcru.org.za/two-new-judgment-outcomes/ Thu, 22 Oct 2015 08:48:14 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2786 The following two new Judgments & Outcomes have been released:

 

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