JMPD Soweto strike threat

2012-10-17 21:44

Johannesburg - Johannesburg metro police officers in Soweto are threatening a stay-away if changes are made to the current shift system, their union said on Wednesday.

Officers who were SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) members wanted the current shift system to remain and have additional officers deployed to Soweto wards instead, spokesperson Jack Mokalapa said.

"If these demands are not met there will not be any officers on duty over weekends, starting this weekend."

Mokalapa said metro police management wanted to introduce a new shift system with 10 metro police officers on duty per ward, every day.

"The shift system the employer wants to introduce will not be able to provide 10 officers per ward, as instructed by the mayor, because the current staff compliment in Soweto is less than 280 officers with 48 cars, meant to service 37 wards."

This would cause safety problems for officers as some did not carry firearms.

"Workers' safety will be prejudiced as they will be forced to do foot-patrols in the evening, leaving them vulnerable to criminals... also a quarter of these officers do not have firearms," Mokalapa said.

  • georg.potgieter - 2012-10-17 22:03

    Agreed, it will help if they sleep on the job in shifts, not all at once.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-17 22:56

      Demands mmmmmmmmmmmm typical. The SLOGAN for South-Africa should be IF YOU DONT AGREE STRIKE TO DISAGREE.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-18 05:35

      Get the miners to come and shoot back

  • Hasani P - 2012-10-17 22:14

    I m also going on strike I demand a visa to USA

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-10-17 22:24

    Will anyone actually miss them?

      freddie.mostert.3 - 2012-10-17 22:56

      More should be unarmed so they can not steal arms when \officers\ are asleep!

  • dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-18 00:05

    I loved this from the article: "... leaving them vulnerable to criminals...". And here I thought they were supposed to persue, investigate and arrest criminals. Why are you a police person if you are scared of doing your job?

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-18 05:39

      I am sure they were issued with fire arms, but the officers must do there planning better, they must ensure that the criminal that rent the gun, must return it for him to use it during his shift.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-10-18 06:01

    We are heading towards anarchy

  • - 2012-10-18 06:50

    Driving to work between 05:00 and 6:00 daily,I witness 8-10 traffic violations. Why, cause the drivers know that there is not a single metro officer,in sight,or....awake...

      majenge - 2012-11-03 10:15

      And u ar one of them causing d traffic wyle u buisy with yo cellphone

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-18 08:11

    They are too bloody lazy to work. I see cop cars at least once a day with a snoozing cop behind the wheel. Perks of the job "park and sleep"!

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-18 09:20

    It is a hoax. They cannot do without their bribe money. Maybe just maybe they are striking for bigger bribes.

      majenge - 2012-11-03 10:18

      And u y do u have to bribe them ? Let them do d right dnt offer them yo money bcz u doing crime also

  • Andrea - 2012-10-18 10:26

    Silly me, I thought to "serve and protect" was a calling ...

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-10-18 12:10

    "If these demands are not met............" GFYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ken.koen - 2012-10-18 12:47

    The whole lot of them should go on permenant strike, then then the public will be safer wiyhout them preying on helpless motorists and law abiding citizens, demanding bribes and comitting corruption and crimes.

      majenge - 2012-11-03 10:05

      What I know d wil be no corruption is d is no corruptees

  • tessbester - 2012-10-18 13:43

    As long as they're not earning a salary whilst on strike they certainly have my blessing. Won't miss them at all!!

      majenge - 2012-11-03 10:13

      Is their salary comes from yo pocket?nd dnt talk on noncess bcz jmpd is d best from taking serious accidents on d public rd .

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