Tshwane cops protest new shift system

2013-05-02 14:20
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Pretoria - Members of the Tshwane metro police spent Workers' Day protesting against a new shift system, the Pretoria News reported on Thursday.

The system was reviewed every five years and a new one would be implemented from 1 May, Tshwane metro police chief Steven Ngobeni was quoted as saying.

"We have to address the needs of the community when we consider time slots for shifts," Ngobeni told the publication.

The previous shift scheme allowed for two shifts of 12 hours every day, with shift changes at 06:15 and 18:15.

"This means we have minimal officers on duty in peak hours between 05:00 and 07:00 and [between] 17:00pm and 17:00, when our services are needed most," he said.

Metro police suggested the introduction of three eight-hour shifts: 05:00 to 13:00, 13:00 to 21:00, and a night shift from 21:00 to 05:00.

The protesters, some in uniform, gathered at the Tshwane metro police department's head office, at the corner of Es’kia Mphahlele (formerly DF Malan) and WF Nkomo (formerly Church) streets in central Pretoria.

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