Western Cape Minister of Community Safety Alan Winde, a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA), has blamed the African National Congress (ANC) for threats by the South African Police Service members to go on strike.
In a statement on Thursday, Winde said he was “deeply concerned about reports of an imminent go-slow strike by police officers in the province, allegedly due to dissatisfaction about promotions in the service.
“These reports are deeply troubling. A strike will cripple policing in the Western Cape, given that it’s already under immense pressure as a result of being under-resourced by 4,500 officers, and infighting amongst its top echelons.
He called on national Police Minister Bheki Cele to immediately intervene and prevent the strike from going ahead.
“I will also be asking for an update on the investigation I have called for regarding whether officers are being promoted due to their political affiliations,” said Winde.
“The current chaos points directly to the minister of police, Bheki Cele, and the ANC national government’s inability to manage the police service. We need to decentralise the service to ensure it is accountable to Western Cape residents.
“As an essential service, Western Cape officers would not be able to embark on any form of go-slow or strike action. We would ensure other mechanisms exist to resolve grievances, so that these members are always on duty, protecting our residents.
“We need a well-staffed, professional, and well-managed police service. The Western Cape Police Service would be just that.”
– African News Agency