Dbn metro cops call off march

2013-06-15 00:00

DURBAN metro police officers have called off their march planned for today.

Regional secretary of South African Municipal Workers’ Union, Jaycee Ncanana, said they suspended their action until further notice yesterday.

The timing of the strike would have caused major disruption in the city, which has seen an influx of tourists taking advantage of the long weekend and theTop Gear Festival.

“We picketed today [yesterday] and that finished about 2 pm.

“We decided to halt the march tomorrow because we know that the people who will mostly be affected will not be the ones we are dealing with, it will be tourists and international guests coming to the city for the Top Gear Festival,” said Ncanana.

The march seen by Durban residents “would have seen something different”.

“It’s unusual to see people carrying guns being the ones who are marching; often it’s the people with guns guarding the people who are marching.”

He warned that the delay did not mean they had given up on their demands, which included the dismissal of metro police chief Eugene Nzama.

He said they wanted “someone progressive” to occupy Nzama’s seat.

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