Popcru calls on Minister Cele to stop making bias statements

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says it finds it extremely distressing, immature and unfortunate ,the announcement that police officers won’t be getting salary increases for the next three years.

Popcru Spokesperson Richard Mamabolo said Minister Beki Cele’s announcement at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) not only ignores the fact that the matter is currently before the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), but suggests that it is a foregone conclusion.

“We find this posture about our overworked and underpaid police officers not only offensive, but setting a wrong precedent.”

Mamabolo added that the determination of salary increases is a transverse matter which falls within the scope of the PSCBC, and “the employer has recently made an offer of around R22 billion, which translates into 1.5% pensionable salary increase, and a R978 monthly gratuity over a period of 12 months.”

He said they have rejected the above offer. “We call on the Minister to desist from making such pre-emptive and bias statements that seek to divide and demoralise members of the SAPS.”Concluded Mamabolo.

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