South African Police Car Masoyi
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South African Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Thursday that they are addressing the promotion backlogs after reported threats of a looming strike by Police.

Cele said in the police headquarter in Parktown, Johannesburg that the police are going to promote 69,219 officers over three years to clear a backlog dating back to 2011/12 and improve the “morale and wellbeing of our members”.

Officers around the country have threatened to go on strike over promotions.

Cele said, “We cannot allow the recent developments to bury the morale of our members. Hence the police management will embark on a process of a vigorous internal communication approach to take all members on board in understanding the promotion process and the phases thereof.”

He stated that he will meet all station commanders of 1,147 police stations in the country including provincial and national management of the police next Monday to discuss the promotion issue.

Cele said, “We admit that the implementation process by police management has got gaps and it needs to be improved with speed in addressing some of the genuine concerns raised.”

“I would like to call upon all disciplined members of the SAPS nationally to take the leadership into full confidence in that, this matter of promotions will be further addressed with the speed it deserves to benefit the entire SAPS family and amicably with all parties involved, including labor unions,” he added.

The South African Constitution does not allow the police to engage in strike since they fall under essential services. Enditem

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