SAPS FS Clerks start marching

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Christopher Motabogi

Traffic in the Bloemfontein city centre is expected to be affected as hundreds of SAPS clerks affiliated to the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), march in the city.

The union has confirmed that Free State Police Commissioner, Khetla Sithole will receive their memorandum of demands.

Popcru spokesperson, Theto Mahlakoana says the members are demanding that the police honour a 2011 agreement to change their salary grades and ensure they also qualify for benefits as is the case with uniformed police colleagues.

Mahlakoana says some 42 000 members are expected to participate in the marches.

The Free State march will commence at the Batho Hall and end with the memorandum handover at the SAPS Provincial Head Office in Charlotte Maxeke Street.

Meanwhile, SAPS management says the public need not panic about an administrative protests.

Spokesperson, Phuti Setati said police have contingency plans in place. He said the strike is regarded as illegal and that the no work, no pay principle will apply. Setati also warned that participants could face disciplinary action.

The marches are taking place in seven provinces, excluding Gauteng and North West. The Gauteng-leg of march is planned for tomorrow with the North West one taking place on 7 June.