Metro police posts advertised

2016-06-22 06:00

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WHILE the dust is still not settling around the launch of the metro police, which was described by the opposition party in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, the DA, as a “fake” launch in May, adverts have appeared in local newspapers in the past two weeks for a number of posts in the metro police force.

These include a post for Metro Police Chief which was advertisied on Monday last week. On Monday this week fifty posts for inspectors and 65 posts for sergeants were advertised.

The Metro Police Chief post was advertised as a 5-year contract with a renumeration of between R1 070 316 and R1 488 000 per year all inclusive. Standard benefits are not applicable for this position.

Inspectors’ salaries will be between R375 636 and R522 240 per year (basic salary) while sergeants will earn between R145 632 and R202 476 per year (basic salary).

This comes amidst threats last week about a strike by the trade union Samwu over the “unilaterial change in service agreements” of staff which are being transferred by the municipality to the metro police force.

Samwu secretary Mqondisi Nodongwe told Express reporter Nceba Dladla that they met with the metro municipality leadership on Monday and that they (Samwu) are not happy with the advertising of the posts.

“The municipality can’t continue with the advertising of metro police posts whilst still discussing placement policy with the union,” Nodongwe said.

He said that the Corporate Services Executive Director will have a meeting with the Safety and Security Director for further deliberations on the issue yesterday.

About the strike he said, “We have served notice for the strike. They (the municipal leadership) asked us to withdraw it, but we refused. We can’t withdraw the notice unless they resolve the issues under discussion. Only then will we withdraw the notice.”

Vuyo Zitumane, the municipality’s acting director of corporate services, told Die Burger last week that the trade union is acting under a misconception.

“There is no basis for a strike and we will fight it. No one’s service agreements have been changed. We were very clear when we communicated with staff that no one can force them to join the metro police.”

According to Zitumane and Johann Mettler, acting municipal manager, staff is not being transferred but will be applying for the new positions. Mettler said this was communicated to staff on numerous occasions.

Mettler and Zitumane said all the right processes and procedures were following including sufficient consultations with the trade unions.

Six traffic officers were fired and four suspended for disrupting the official launch of the metro police on May 13.

Last week the DA’s mayoral candidate Athol Trollip said that Mayor Danny Jordaan, who is now also the ANC’s mayoral candidate, “tried to trick the people of the Bay by launching a fake metro police force, using only 2% of the recommended costing budget, which infringed various clauses contained in Chapter 12 of the Police Services Act.”

Trollip said many officers do not meet minimum education and training requirements and that some officers may have criminal records.

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