Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union http://popcru.org.za Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:27:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 POPCRU WISHES ALL WORKERS A PLEASANT MAY DAY http://popcru.org.za/popcru-wishes-all-workers-a-pleasant-may-day/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:27:42 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2913 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) joins the millions of workers across the globe in celebrating May Day as an international occasion  affirming and celebrating the dignity of labour and uniting workers of the world in a common struggle for peace and socio-economic progress.

We know too well that the fight against slavery precedes the modern day workers’ struggles, otherwise termed as ‘modern day slavery’, pointing out to the fact that under an evolving capitalist mode of production, the highest stage of imperialism,  the life of man is but a struggle for the attainment of a better life. For so long as capitalism exists, the struggle for workers’ rights shall continue.

As we remember the many heroic struggles by our predecessors that were fought through blood and sweat, POPCRU finds solace in the fact that workers and the working class refuse to be sold to the highest bidder by those preaching revolutionary rhetoric with the sole purpose of dividing the union movement.

We know too well that workers shall not be defocused by the so-called Summit being called to convened by our detractors over the coming weekend, simply because it is not aimed at addressing workers’ issues but to address individual egos, for their sole benefit.

We urge workers to rally behind a summit that would discuss issues around the rising cost of living, exorbitant bank charges and the unemployment rate amongst other challenges we face.

The union calls for harmony amongst the workers, the South African working class and the continent over, a pre-condition which will allow dialogue towards exposing the real enemy, being monopoly capital which has over decades exploited our labour power value.

As we attend the COSATU May Day rallies across the country this Sunday, we should be more determined to expose the false notion that seeks to suggest weaknesses on our part.  We are resolute in fighting relentlessly for our workers’ rights and defending our trade union federation COSATU!

Let us defend the unity of the workers, Let us defend the unity of COSATU!!!


Issued by POPCRU 28/04/2016

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MEDIA STATEMENT:SAPS TRAINING TIME-CUTS UNDERMINE THE VERY GOAL OF PROFFESSIONALISING THE SERVICE http://popcru.org.za/media-statementsaps-training-time-cuts-undermine-the-very-goal-of-proffessionalising-the-service/ Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:39:20 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2900 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is deeply concerned about the South African Police Service’s (SAPS)  move, championed by Leutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi to revise the Police training programme from a period of 24 months to a mere 8 months.

This miscalculated and disastrous move comes once again as part of the unknown and unilaterally adopted approach called ‘back to basics’ by both the ever-arrogant tag-team poised by the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko and his emulator, the acting National Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.

This latest gimmick reaffirms and demonstrates their consistency in undermining the principle of Collective Bargaining under the signed Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC) agreement 3/2003, which categorically states that the agreement on evaluation strategy for basic training binds the parties to the agreement, and further, that any amendments to this agreement shall not be in force of effect unless they have been reduced in writing and signed by all parties concerned.

We believe this act will definitely achieve the opposite results they claim and motivate it will achieve as it will leave little, if any, time for academic and theoretical studies that are central to reinforcing and reaffirming the this function as a service rather than a force. It goes against the call to professionalise the service in line with the government’s New Development Plan (NDP).

In our view, Nhleko and Phahlane’s common understanding of this ‘back to basics’ phenomena seems to be taking us back to apartheid strategies of limiting police officers’ learning process to the skop-en-donner mentality, which we find unacceptable and out of touch with the objective realities aimed at improving relations with communities and fostering workmanship in our common need to fight crime.


Issued by POPCRU on 22/04/2016

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CROSS BORDER ROAD TRANSPORT AGENCY (C-BRTA) WAGE 2016 http://popcru.org.za/cross-border-road-transport-agency-c-brta-wage-2016/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:29:02 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2897 CROSS BORDER ROAD TRANSPORT AGENCY (C-BRTA) WAGE 2016

MEDIA STATEMENT: INMATES SHOULD NOT SPEND INCARCERATION TIME BEING IDLE AND LAZYING AROUND http://popcru.org.za/media-statement-inmates-should-not-spend-incarceration-time-being-idle-and-lazying-around/ Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:09:24 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2893 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) has noted a report by the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the conditions of South African prisons, and we still maintain that overcrowding and understaffing in prisons remain and create a challenge both on ablution facilities, the rising levels of violence among inmates and in ensuring the very objective of rehabilitating inmates, with a view of reintegrating them back into society.

Various studies indicate that approximately 85% to 94% of prisoners in South Africa re-offend after their release, which means the current system of rehabilitation needs to urgently be redefined because in the current, our prisons are far from being conducive to fulfilling the rehabilitation process needed.

The gruesome approach of Private-Public-Partnerships (PPPs) has also demonstrated to consume most of the Department’s budget, and we are of the view that this approach was misapplied, which has negatively impacted on the level of skills that that offenders were acquiring before its introduction.

Due to very little technical and life skills of the inmates, survival outside of the prison environment becomes very difficult and many tend to re-offend because in their view life is easier in prison. This is counter-productive to the fight against crime and corruption

There is currently a huge expenditure on the Department of Correctional Services’ (DCS) budget, and we are of the firm view that prisons should be self-sufficient insofar as food production through farming, the production of offender uniforms, furniture, both steel and wood as well as inmates’ beds and lockers, the general maintenance and repairs, etc.  Most farm prisons like Baviaanspoort and Zonderwater in Gauteng including others in Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape have land which should be utilised for food production as this will cut down of costs. The training and development in the workshops should be reignited to address the idling currently underway.

Inmates should equally be integrated into rural development projects that will assist with our national developmental goals as a way of paying back to the communities they have wronged, instead of being spoon-fed through taxpayers’ moneys while remaining idle.

Our view on this matter is that inmates’ employment within the facility will contribute towards their rehabilitation, self-worth, dignity and skills development, all characteristics so vital towards the eventual successful reintegration into society. This will also reduce the levels of criminal activities common within prisons.

For the DCS department to simply suggest that R2,6-billion would be spent over the next three years in attempting to deal with these challenges falls short of addressing the long-term stability of this department, and in turn remains a waste of taxpayers’ funds.

We believe that time spent in incarceration must never be about inmates being idle and just lazying around for twenty-four hours a day everyday of their term of imprisonment. All inmates must contribute towards the running costs and decent up-keeping of all Correctional Centres. They can no longer be warehouses where people are stored until their release dates.

Issued by POPCRU on 11/04/2016

IMPLEMENTATION OF PSCBC RESOLUTIONS OF 2015 http://popcru.org.za/implementation-of-pscbc-resolutions-of-2015/ Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:54:28 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2890 implementation of pscbc

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT : DANGER ALLOWANCE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES (DCS) http://popcru.org.za/settlement-agreement-danger-allowance-in-the-department-of-correctional-services-dcs/ Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:52:30 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2887 settlement agreement

MEDIA STATEMENT: SOLIDARITY’S RACIST POLITICAL PLOY SMACKS OF DISHONESTY http://popcru.org.za/media-statement-solidaritys-racist-political-ploy-smacks-of-dishonesty/ Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:09:28 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2885 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is taken aback by Solidarity’s continued attempts to block transformation by way of interdicting the South African Police Service (SAPS) from appointing and/or promoting any individual in terms of the Post Promotions 2015/2016 – 2016/2017 financial years.

Key to this reality is that the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 states the injunction that “to promote the achievement of equality.. [by] advancing …categories of persons disadvantaged by unfair discrimination”, which forms the context under which the SAPS’s employment equity plan for the period 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2019 was developed.

We are satisfied that in line with Section 16 (1) of the Employment Equity Act, which prescribes on who must be consulted by the employer, also defines a representative trade union as “a registered trade union, or two or more registered trade unions acting jointly, that are sufficiently representative of the employees employed by an employer in a workplace”, Solidarity does not meet the entailed requirements.

It therefore follows that Solidarity does not have sufficient membership to justify recognition at the workplace and participation at the bargaining council as it does not meet the standards of being a “representative trade union”. It is not recognised by the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC).

They, both with the Acting National Commissioner, claimed to have reached a settlement in January this year, and both claimed the details thereof were confidential, with the Acting National Commissioner further indicating the promotions are going ahead, yet at the slightest implementation of the of the 2nd phase, they run to the courts, exposing their dishonesty.

Their application is not urgent, it is premature and falls to be dismissed with costs. We are of the firm view that the Employment Equity Plan is valid, enforceable and binding on Solidarity until it has been successfully challenged in another court of law.

We will not tolerate Solidarity, due to its lack of sufficient membership, in trying to influence the content of the current Employment Equity Plan by running to the courts for its narrow purposes of attempting to subvert the entire collective bargaining process and the majoritarian principle that underpins it.


Issued by POPCRU on 29/03/2016

MEDIA STATEMENT: VAVI’S FOREGONE “GLORY” DAYS ARE HAUNTING HIS THINKING PATTERNS http://popcru.org.za/media-statement-vavis-foregone-glory-days-are-haunting-his-thinking-patterns/ Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:34:21 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2863 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) views comments about the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), attributed to Mr Zwelinzima Vavi, while addressing the Dispatch Dialogues in East London on Monday, as nothing but a display of sloppy physiognomies emanating from his bloated ego.

Reflective to his true nature, Mr Vavi had to wait for over two decades to finally realise that “the SACP died with Chris Hani in 1993”, a misleading realisation reflective of his self-imposed short-sightedness, which can only seek to appease his foregone opportunity to unilaterally dictate the affairs of the union and impose himself as the Deputy President of the ANC, something ordinary workers feverishly rejected.

Trying to reduce the SACP to a one-man-show, just like he dismally failed at COSATU smacks of an unpleasant bitterness derived from the many defeats he has encountered while attempting to scandalously usurp the trust workers of this country had in him. That foul reality has surely bypassed him and his ilk.

We are content that the SACP is alive, and no amount of empty rhetoric will overshadow the continued struggles it continues to wage in the interest of the workers and the working class, most recent through its 13th Congress Political Programme (2012- 2017) named the South African Road to Socialism. The least he could have done was to go engage it and monitor the progress thereof, instead of randomly spewing acrimony in the face of its growing membership from a working class background.

Mr Vavi would do well to free himself from this imaginary misinterpretation of facts, and understand that no one anointed him to speak on behalf of the many comrades who have since passed on, unless he has metaphysical powers. Most of the people would have, as Marxists-Leninists, understood that due to the dialectical nature of the world, any self-worthy organisation needs not remain stagnant.

Issued by POPCRU on 15/03/2016