Respect court interdict - Cele

2010-08-26 16:45

Johannesburg – Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele has on Thursday called on Popcru to respect the court interdict that prevents police officers from joining the public service strike.

The interdict, obtained from the Labour Court in the early hours of Thursday, prohibits Popcru from promoting, encouraging or supporting participation in a strike by the police.

"The union says it would appeal the court order, in the meantime the all SAPS members are regarded as providing essential service. We are court on August 30," said Cele.

He said the police would be continuing with their daily tasks. “They have not put their foot away from the pedal."

After taking a helicopter ride to assess the strike, Cele said he was happy with the conduct of the police since the start of the strike.

"Our members have made major breakthroughs, for instance the arrest of 10 people in the Eastern Cape for murder and a major drug bust," he said.

"We will continue to protect the rights of the citizens of this country. There is no right above the right to life," Cele said.

He said members of the police who had been trained in medicine were offering services at the Steve Biko Academic hospital in Pretoria.

He said about 264 people have been arrested countrywide for unruly behaviour since the start of the public servants strike.