MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


SAPS Administrative Staff Protest Should Not Be Permitted

28 May 2013    

  

 

The IFP re-acted harshly to media reports that South African Police Services (SAPS) administration staff would be staging a countrywide protest, believing that our communities would ultimately be the ones to suffer due to this protest.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP said, "Residents depend on being able to dial 10111 to report criminal activity, but if the operators are going to be part of the protest, who will answer the calls. This is reckless in the extreme. People could unnecessarily even lose their lives.

 

SAPS is an essential service and although we are not against their constitutional right to protest, we believe this should be done in a constructive manner that does not interrupt service delivery."

 

"The administration staff in the SAPS are essential service providers. They must realise that they will accordingly be held accountable for any failure to deliver such service. The safety of the people should never be compromised," concluded Ndlovu.

 

The IFP calls on the affected parties to urgently come up with an amicable solution to this impasse. In addition the IFP calls for the protection of those workers who will not be part of the protest.

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803

or

IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675