Popcru denies Facebook comments



The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) distanced itself on Wednesday from comments made by a member on Facebook.

“We want to place on record that comments or status updates made by individuals on social media, despite their affiliation to Popcru, do not represent the organisation’s stance,” the union said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) showed media a posting on Facebook by a person it claimed was a Popcru office bearer in Gauteng.

Numsa deputy general secretary Karl Cloete said the post contained a public threat to kill general secretary Irvin Jim.

The post read: “All of u can write what u like and say all manner of things, it will never deter us from our strategic alliance with the ANC, I’m saying it now that Irvin Jim is the most vitriolic political amoeba and must be expelled within our ranks.

“Thugs and criminals must be out rooted from society even if it means it’s yourselves who are chatting here we must deal with u to the extent of killing you if u pose threat to life, no apology.”

On Tuesday, Cloete said Numsa and its attorneys would lay a complaint with the Hawks.

“[The Hawks must] investigate the call for the killing of the Numsa general secretary,” he told reporters.

On Wednesday, Popcru said it did not approve of the statement on Facebook.

“We have no ill-intentions or wishes towards the Numsa general secretary,” the police union said.



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