Cosatu: Stop treating protesters as criminals
Johannesburg - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights’ Union (Popcru) must ensure that police stop treating protesters as criminals, Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini said on Tuesday.
"We fought for the right to strike and we fought for freedom of association and we will not have these rights taken away through the back door. These people reflect the frustrations confronted by your own communities," Dlamini told the Popcru national congress in Bloemfontein.
Dlamini said he did not expect Popcru members to be involved in incidents of police brutality, because their members were schooled in the struggle for human rights.
Dlamini also addressed police killings in light of the recent murder of Sergeant Calvin Nonyana at a Lenasia police satellite office on Sunday.
"I call on those responsible for these killings to understand that policemen and women are human beings too and have families like all of us.
"Imagine the pain of those little children waiting for father or mother to come back home only to receive the news that he or she has been brutally murdered by some merciless criminals," Dlamini said.
Popcru is a trade union representing police, traffic and correctional services officers.