Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union http://popcru.org.za Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:07:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New POPCRU Agreements http://popcru.org.za/new-popcru-agreements/ http://popcru.org.za/new-popcru-agreements/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:07:31 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2756 The following two agreements have been added for viewing:


Anathi Sifanele
POPCRU Assistant Communications Officer

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POPCRU Press Conference Statement http://popcru.org.za/popcru-press-conference-statement/ http://popcru.org.za/popcru-press-conference-statement/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:57:31 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2751 POPCRU Media Briefing : 05 October 2015


The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is a public sector union organising over 160 000 workers in the South African Police Service, Correctional Services and Traffic components. As a proud affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), we have collectively with other affiliates taken keen interest in the unity and growth of this federation into the giant movement it is today. As a majority union in the sectors under which we organise, our growth can only be attributed to the confidence our members and those who join us daily have in our capacity and ability to protect and defend their needs and ensure better working conditions for all.

Over the past month of September, we held our 8th POPCRU Provincial Congresses across the 9 provinces, and can confirm that our structures have hit the ground running in implementing our 8th National Congress resolutions by practically working on the best means in implementing these in accordance to the differing material conditions they find themselves. We are particularly proud due to the high levels of debate seen at these Congresses, and are confident that such dedication will lead to the growth and unity of the union in all regards.

  1. Draft Public Service Regulation

In light of the draft Public Service regulation, we are predominantly disillusioned by Chapter 8 as contained therein. Our forthright assessment is that it seeks to promote and formalise the regulation of casualization within the public service.

Casualization has in the past been and continues to be detrimental to the many job securities lost by workers not only in our country, but the world over. It has beyond reasonable doubt proven itself to be a futile model that has seen the exploitation and degradation of workers. The African National Congress’ concept of decent work at the backdrop of this casualization process leaves little to be desired, and as the ruling party, we urged them to take a clear stance against any form of casualization. It serves as an attack to both meaningful consultation on matters of mutual gains and seeks to erode the gains made on actuarial interest rates in the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF). We fervently reject Chapter 8 of the draft Public Service regulation and demand for its urgent revision to exclude any form of casualization in the public service.

We would like to congratulate the newly appointed Minister of Public Service and Administration, and further call on him to come on board in ensuring there is meaningful consultation on any changes on the rights and benefits of public servants. We equally call on him to finalise the payments of housing allowances as agreed to in Council.

  1. Border Management Agency

The establishment of the Border Management Agency, which is in its initial stages, will be deleteriously affecting over 10 000 public servants in terms of service conditions. The model of this agency is such that it will have its own uniform, culture, command and control separate from that of the police and the army. This equates to outsourcing and agentisation of our national security. It is current reality that the Private Security firms in the country exceeds three-fold the size of the police and army combined, and therefore creating an agency outside government to manage our borders clearly takes away the responsibility of the state in monitoring our safety. This is a high level security risk and we vehemently reject such a move. We cannot allow for our national security to be sold to the highest bidder. To this extent, we have signed PSCBC resolution 1 of 2015 wherein the government as an employer agreed to review the impact of agentisation and outsourcing and further agreed to conduct an independent study on the principles of decent work, dispute resolution and implementation of agreement. The initiation of Border management Control is in direct conflict with this collective agreement.

  1. Crime Statistics

There is no guaranteed formula for combating crime as it is intrinsically linked, directly or indirectly, with the material conditions of any society at any given time; however, in confronting the material conditions for the upliftment of any society, we then have to deal with the remnants that feed into the current social ills we find. This is the point missed by the many analysts who have in the recent spate of police killings made submissions which are short-term in nature while commonly seeking to undermine the role police play. In particular, Mr Cronje of the South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) seeks to isolate the role stakeholders like communities should play in jointly providing solutions to the challenges around crime, and wants to act as a deterrent to the fact that policing in South Africa is relatively new and its approach cannot be ignorant to the current South African realities, as has been the case in the apartheid days when it was a FORCE, not a SERVICE.

At any given point, statistical analysis gives us a sense of the past conditions, whether positive or negative, under the period with which they cover. Criminal statistics cannot lead to mathematical conclusions as many would like to have us believe for the sole reason that criminal activity committed cannot be disassociated to human behaviour under different material and/or mental conditions, and therefore reaching universal conclusions would be difficult under the circumstances.

Therefore, our view is that we acknowledge the statistical rise in certain areas, and declining trends in other areas. For us to all fully grasp the interpretation thereof, we need to interrogate as to why there were such increases by relating them to the practical factors that contributed to such a state of affairs. Only after that can we look into areas to put more focus on, while maintaining the effort to reduce some of the challenges in the declined areas.

The notion that seeks to discredit individuals solely on the basis of statistical outcomes while remaining ignorant of material conclusions is typical of many liberal analysts whom on a continuous mislead our people by their veiled attacks at those they self-imposingly choose to discredit, and this phenomena also has its foot deeply rooted within the manner in which those who have for years fought against any transformation within the judiciary have thrived; this by being economical about facts, presenting them is a skewed manner that protects their interests without fail.

Organisations such as Freedom Under Law (FUL) and the retired Judge Kriegler have on numerous occasions been found to dismally fail in acting impartially when it relates to their application of what they term ‘law’. Kriegler has on numerous occasions stated that a lawyer who lies to the court is unfit to be a lawyer, while they have demonstrated to be selective in their shoddy outcries.

One such example was when 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 earlier this year implicated in having authorised the spying on of NPA offices. None of these NGOs deemed it fit that the nation should be worried. Kriegler’s lieutenant, Paul 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 while remaining silent on allegations against Gerrie Nel and probably the loudest voice on similar allegations against Richard Mdluli, Jiba and Mrwebi.

We need to ask ourselves as to whose interests FUL and Corruption Watch are serving? Thus far all we have seen is a typical scenario of speaking progress by acting out regressively.

  1. Grade Progression of Constables to Sergeants…

We welcome the announcement by the National Commissioner on the agreement on the Special Dispensation on Grade Progression of constables to sergeants and sergeants to warrant officers. This historic move comes a long way, after many had been in one grade for even over 10 years, an era which had demoralised many, while discouraging many to join the police service as the growth aspects had been suffocated.

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, Ms Riah Phiyega has consistently been committed in improving labour relations and conditions of employment for our members, examples of which include but are not limited to the following:

  • SSSBC Agreements 1 – 3 of 2011
  • SSSBC Agreement 1 of 2012
  • SSSBC Agreements 1 – 3 of 2014, and;
  • SSSBC Agreements 1 – 3 of 2015

The effects of these agreements have yielded in a policy to be followed by shop stewards and the presiding officers as to how to deal with the issues of sexual harassment in the workplace, a new rank structure, promotion policy, the amendment of discipline regulations which repealed the suspension without pay, levy increase, empowered to execute its mandate and provide excellent services to its members, a staggering alignment of Capped Overtime in the SAPS and an increase in the Payment of overtime for special events in the SAPS amongst others.

We are, however, perturbed by the refusal of the South African Policing Union (SAPU) to sign the agreement when they had not objected to anything during negotiations. They have self-willingly chosen to refuse giving members an opportunity to be upgraded. It is indeed a sad state of affairs that 21 years into our democratic breakthrough, there can imaginably be a so-called union which firmly stands opposed to the improvement of working conditions of its own members and the working class in general.

Typical of this self-styled pseudo-union, they have exposed themselves as agents of everything that is backwards and anti-workers. There can’t be any deserving structure calling itself a union of workers whilst openly conniving against workers. It is an open secret that this so-called Union’s priorities have never been about securing and defending the interests of constables, sergeants and warrant officers, but rather on rubbing shoulders with organisations that promote racist practices within SAPS like we witnessed during the so-called Barnard case which ended in the Constitutional Court. They are permanently and conveniently remaining forgetful of the fact that the basic unit of any organ lies with its membership.

  1. Private Security Industry

Over the past months this year, our country has been marred by senseless acts of police killings which up to so far have left just over 60 families losing loved ones at the hands of criminals. At face value, these acts reflect the state of the multiple challenges our democratic breakthrough inherited from the apartheid regime, mainly focused on the socio-economic challenges and its remnants borne out of the social ills emanating from these conditions a majority of South Africans face, and at another level, most recently, reflects a concerted effort by detractors to paint a negative image that seeks to portray the police service as being incapable of maintaining law and order in the country, but more so, raising sinister, emergent views that seek to promote the utilisation of unregulated Private Security Firms as an alternative, an idea being constantly sold to the middle class in the country, backed by opposition parties and several NGOs in their quest to diminish the public’s trust in our democratic institutions.These firms are marred by illegal employment practices with unregistered employees. This continues to constitute a threat to our country’s security and its sovereignty.

Because majority of their employees are contract workers, much like a temporary employment agency, they are driven by a supply and demand concept where the client dictates the need, the schedule, and the duties of the contracted labour, the contract terms and even the price that they’re willing to pay for the services provided.

This supply and demand concept, often led by financial and time constraints continues to be the culprit in the demise of professionally screened, trained, well equipped and suitable candidates for the tasks at hand. Instead, what has been happening is that most of the firearms and employees have regularly disappeared, and these lost guns are sold back to criminal elements within communities, who in turn perpetrate criminal activities. Some of these private security firms are owned by people outside the country, and the manner in which they are hostile to regulation suggests that they have become a law unto themselves. We call for the urgent enactment  of the current bill on  Private Security Industry and the review of gun laws in general. We are of the view that we can no longer have individuals owning and stockpiling more than one gun as this has led to their theft, which feeds into further criminal acts being committed within our communities.

As part of the mid-term goals in combating crime, we believe in solidifying relations with society for better cooperation, and as such, we have been at the forefront in mending relations between police and communities. This has been an on-going trend which we believe needs all stakeholders to work as a collective. Our goal is to enhance the dignity in policing, a police that is not feared but respected within the  community, and one that plays a greater role in uniting solidarity among community members in commonly fighting against the scourge of alcohol and drug abuse amongst our youth mostly in impoverished areas. We believe putting more emphasis on youth and getting them into different social programs through sports, recreational facilities and keeping them in schools is a way of keeping them out of the social ills engulfing our societies, and for that to be effective, cooperation is vital.

Our structures are currently busy doing what we call a door-to-door campaign in different localities, aimed at consulting communities about the challenges faced, and in that strengthening cooperation.

  1. Correctional Services

We would want to see a clear rehabilitation strategy which shall ensure that inmates do not remain idle in Correctional Services, literally turning these facilities into self-proclaimed hotels where they are catered for everything at the expense of taxpayers’ monies without any input, therefore rendering these facilities into institutions that perpetuate criminal activities. There must be collaboration between the Departments of Rural Development and Correctional Services with the view of utilising prisoners’ labour for infrastructural development. This will not only assist government in attaining its goals on infrastructure development, but also ensure inmates earn a living. Many inmates who were breadwinners at home have effectively imprisoned their families into abject poverty.  We are of the view that this move would make inroads in rehabilitating the inmates and move them away from the lives of gangsterism.

To realise these, there must be clear shift patterns (working hours). All outstanding matters serving on the agenda of the Ministerial Task Team should be finalised, in particular, the second phase of the Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) GPSSBC agreement 2 of 2009, the shift patterns, the 2nd group of 2008 and promotion policy.

  1. Traffic

We acknowledge progress made on the nationalisation of Traffic and call upon the Minister of the Department of Transport to fast-track the process, in that, ensuring that by the 1st April 2016, conditions for traffic and law enforcement officers are harmonised and standardised as anticipated.

  1. COSATU National Protected Strike Action

We fully support the COSATU National Protected Strike action taking place on the 7th October 2015 (Wednesday) for the protest against E-tolls, against job losses, the electricity crisis, the public health sector, the national minimum wage. These, we believe upon being addressed, will practically improve conditions of the many workers and the working class in general. Our members will be going out in their numbers countrywide to support this clarion call by our federation.


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Join the National Protected Strike Action on 7th October 2015 http://popcru.org.za/join-the-national-protected-strike-action-on-7th-october-2015/ http://popcru.org.za/join-the-national-protected-strike-action-on-7th-october-2015/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:03:29 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2747 COSATU is joining millions of workers around the World on 07 October 2015, which is World Day for Decent Work. Our National Action, which will take the form of marches and demonstrations in the City Centers and Locals of our Provinces throughout the country, is legal and protected as per the Labour Relations Act. This follows a deadlock on our demand for SCRAPPING of the E-tolls and provisions for a safe, reliable, affordable, integrated and accessible Public Transport system. This action is open to all workers and members of Civil Society…………

Please read more by opening the COSATU Document: Final COSATU Strike Action Flyer

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POPCRU DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE STATE OF POLSMOOR PRISON http://popcru.org.za/popcru-deeply-concerned-about-the-state-of-polsmoor-prison/ http://popcru.org.za/popcru-deeply-concerned-about-the-state-of-polsmoor-prison/#comments Sun, 20 Sep 2015 05:18:45 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2743 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is severely disturbed by the apparent conditions at the Pollsmoor Remand Detention Facility and Women’s Correctional Centre.

It is reported that the remand centre is at 300% capacity with 4198 inmates, a state of affairs that exposes the negligent attitude displayed those accountable for the wellbeing of inmates.

Not only does overcrowding and the lack of sufficient sanitary facilities affect inmates and staff at the Pollsmoor prison, but has for some time being an issue of national concern. Ablution facilities are minimal and overcrowding has seen many, inmates and staff, falling victim to diseases associated with such inhumane conditions. The shortage of personnel has equally had undesirable consequences, with their capacity being undermined by the number of inmates they become responsible for on a daily basis.

Our view is that prisons should not become a death sentence, but a platform with which those who have been found to have offended are rehabilitated so they could later be integrated and play a meaningful role in our society.

We can no longer allow a situation where we have to react to reports for us to take action. In this regard, we call upon the Department of Correctional Services to speedily comply ensure compliance with basic standards as articulated by the Bill of Rights and the Correctional Services Act are fully observed across all prisons in the country.

POPCRU will be taking up the issue in a way that would equally focus on the transformation of the criminal justice cluster.


Issued by POPCRU on 19/09/2015

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POLICE WILL NOT HESITATE WHEN CONFRONTED BY CRIMINALS http://popcru.org.za/police-will-not-hesitate-when-confronted-by-criminals/ http://popcru.org.za/police-will-not-hesitate-when-confronted-by-criminals/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 05:54:22 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2740  

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is exasperated by the continued killings of Police, with the latest victims being Constable BF Maluleke and Warrant Officer Mchizama who were stationed at the Moroka Police Station in Soweto.

These well-orchestrated deeds border around instilling fear in those entrusted with defending the public, and play into the hands of private security firms as an agenda driven by right-wing elements like Afri-Forum who continue to  publicly ridicule our police services in the public domain, all in their quest to justify the limitless guns they continue to possess.

We want to assure the public that this predilection will come to an abrupt end, and encourage improved community-police relations in the reduction and combat of these ills that seek to undermine our democratic gains. Through working together, police killings and any form of brutality will not go unnoticed and should be decisively dealt with.

We call on the government to prioritise this matter as one police killing is one too many, and look into the long-term solutions by way of addressing the socio-economic conditions most South Africans find themselves as they are part of the root causes for the current conditions. We can no longer give lip-service to this atrocity. Police must continue to act decisively when confronted with such elements who disregard the rights of others to life.


Issued by POPCRU on 11/09/2015

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New POPCRU Positions http://popcru.org.za/new-popcru-positions/ http://popcru.org.za/new-popcru-positions/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:27:39 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2737
  • Head of Department: Organising
  • Provincial Office Administrator: Free State
  • Please open document for more detail: Advertised positions

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    VAVI AND ILK’S DIVICIVE MANOUVERS EXPOSED http://popcru.org.za/vavi-and-ilks-divicive-manouvers-exposed/ http://popcru.org.za/vavi-and-ilks-divicive-manouvers-exposed/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2015 05:32:04 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=2731  

    The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) notes, without surprise, the tricks being displayed by the obsolete COSATU General Secretary and his ilk in their hollow attempts to confuse workers,  in yet another attempt at usurping the federation.

    In their recent attempt, they convened poorly attended, so-called Workers’ Summit, which is aimed at fuelling dissent within the federation,  in Johannesburg.

    This meeting, attended by both senior FEDUSA and NACTU leadership is a typical demonstration that Vavi and his lapdogs within NUMSA are hell-bent on sowing disunity, despite the recent COSATU Special National Congress which had ushered a new chapter in defining consensus among workers.

    The same Vavi and NUMSA have lodged appeals to COSATU on their expulsions, yet, on the other hand they have self-imposingly become the front-runners in destabilising our labour movement. We want to categorically state that by their actions, they have effectively rendered their appeals null and void!

    As much as unity is not an event, but a process, the COSATU Special National Congress has come out clearly in the way with which we are to conduct ourselves onwards, and that collective call is being heeded to by all affiliates.

    We call on all workers to remain united amidst this faded storm and continue refusing to be misled by these roguish manipulators.

    Let us close ranks and defend our federation.


    Issued by POPCRU on 08/09/2015

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    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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