The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union welcomes the new cabinet and wishes the newly appointed men and women the best of luck as they roll up their sleeves to serve the nation. The organisation expects the new administration under the leadership of President Jacob Zuma to continue where it left off as it moves the country forward as promised prior to the elections. However we accept and understand that none of the expected strides and growth will be made without the involvement of all South Africans including organisations such as ours in the labour sector. We also believe that this is an opportune time for the government to deliver many of the South Africans still living in dire poverty from that situation and improve on the unemployment figures. POPCRU trusts that the President’s decision to establish the new ministry of Small Business Development to be led by Minister Lindiwe Zulu will lift some of the pressures felt by those attempting to aid the unemployment crisis through self-employment.
POPCRU further notes and appreciate in the strongest term the combination of the Justice Department and Correctional Services to form a new ministry. The organisation has been for years now calling for the consolidation of the criminal justice cluster and we are elated that the President has heeded our call. This combination will undoubtedly lift the heavy burden placed on the Justice system resulting in overcrowding in our prisons. We view this as a step in the right direction as we fight crime in a holistic manner instead of past cases where each department would deal with matters individually. We also welcome Minister Michael Masutha as a leader of this department.
The union is also looking forward to a constructive relationship with the newly appointed Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko. We believe that his experience as Director General in the Labour Department has equipped him with the necessary skills to offer strategic and political leadership to the Police Department. His understanding and experience in governance will assist the department which has been faced with many challenges in the recent past including the continuing investigation of events which took place in Marikana in August 2012. We bid farewell to former Minister Nathi Mthethwa and wish him all the best in his new ministry.
POPCRU hopes that the decision to retain the Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters will ensure the smooth-running of the current process at hand of nationalising traffic. We have committed years of research and discussions with the Transport department as it is both the understanding of the RTMC and labour that a unified and centralised Traffic component could only benefit South Africans for the better. We encourage the Minister to invest her time and expertise in this process as we indeed together move South Africa forward.
As an organisation passionate about the well-being of its members and South Africans in general, we will closely monitor the work of the new cabinet, support them and critique them if the need arises.
Issued by POPCRU on 26/05/2014
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