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Western Cape Community Safety MEC calls on police minister to stop impending strike in Cape

“I will also be asking for an update on the investigation I have called for regarding whether officers are being promoted due to their political affiliations.”

Police Minister, Bheki Cele has been asked to step in and prevent an imminent strike by SAPS members.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC, Alan Winde said the strike would cripple policing in the province as it is already under-resourced.

Winde said there are reports of an imminent go-slow strike by police officers in the province, due to dissatisfaction about promotions in the service.

He said “These reports are deeply troubling. A strike will cripple policing in the Western Cape, given that it’s already under immense pressure as a result of being under-resourced by 4,500 officers, and infighting amongst its top echelons.”

Reports have been doing the rounds on social media that thousands of police officers around the country have threatened to go on strike after a dispute over promotions emerged this week.

Winde said: “I will also be asking for an update on the investigation I have called for regarding whether officers are being promoted due to their political affiliations.”

“The current chaos points directly to the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, and the ANC national government’s inability to manage the police service, ”he added.

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