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,"
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.
IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675