Police march to parliament to air grievances

South Africa - Cape Town - 19 March 2019 - Public Order Police (POP) confronts South African Police Service (SAPS) members who had no permit to march through the city. Members of the South African Police Service gathered on the grand parade and marched to the building of Parliament in Cape Town to give a memorandum of demands related to failed promotion agreements. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)

Similar protests are apparently due to take place in other provinces, according to the picketers.

Some 200 police officers marched to parliament on Tuesday to protest at the promotion of young college graduates over their experienced counterparts.

“This started when Police Minister Bheki Cele started taking people straight out of police colleagues and promoting them to guarding his home and other ministers’ homes,” said a police constable from the Wynberg area who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“I have been in the police for 16 years and then you have people three months and they are being promoted past you.”

Similar protests are due to take place in other provinces, according to those who picketed outside parliament’s gates.

They held banners voicing other grievances and demands, including wanting more danger pay, and threatening not to vote for the African National Congress (ANC) in the May 8 elections should these not be addressed.

– African News Agency

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