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2013-05-30 15:14
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Johannesburg - A crowd of police administrative workers took to the streets of central Johannesburg on Thursday to highlight a salary grievance.

They were marching to the Johannesburg Central police station to hand a memorandum to Gauteng provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros.

Police administrators protested in several cities on Wednesday to demand that the police honour a 2011 deal to change their salary grades. They were irate that the agreement had not yet been implemented and called for this to happen within two weeks.

They wanted all staff who fell under the Public Service Act upgraded from salary levels one, two, three and four to level five, and all supervisory clerks to level seven.

They wanted Public Service Act staff to be incorporated into the SA Police Service, as a category, in line with the agreement.

On Thursday a data-capturer at the Vereeniging police station, Willington Motaung, wore a poster with his payslip around his neck. He said his net monthly salary was less than R4 000, and he had to borrow money from loan sharks to cover his monthly expenses.

"We go to these loan sharks [because] this is what we take home. We don't qualify for RDP houses. My furniture was repossessed because I can't pay anymore. I don't have a wife anymore, she divorced me," Motaung said.
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