Cape Town – “Shocking” conditions allegedly endured by police trainees were put in the spotlight after members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) marched to the South African Police Service (Saps) headquarters in Pretoria on Wednesday.
The union handed over a memorandum of demands to the National Police Commissioner for support services Lieutenant General Francinah Vuma.
The protesters alleged that over 545 trainees did not get their stipend for two months.
They also complained about bad food and poor conditions at the training college, reported The Citizen.
“Before training took place, we had various meetings to ensure they had sufficient resources to do training. Now, we learn the food is bad and not even on time,” the publication quoted Popcru spokesperson Richard Mamabolo, as saying.
POPCRU members are protesting outside head quarters of SAPS in Pretoria this morning. Members are demanding stipends, they allegd since they started training in April they have not received their stipends until date.#SAPSreservisttraineesprotest@SowetanLIVE pic.twitter.com/bJ946xU9mV
— dimakatso modipa (@ModipaDimakatso) June 22, 2022
He said that some trainees were not registered and called for the national police commissioner to investigate the allegations.
According to SowetanLive, the union vowed to intensify its protest until all its demands were met.
“We are tired of empty promises. We want our demands to be implemented or else there will be a time where there will be no police officers in the streets,
“The trainees are bathing with cold water since the beginning of winter and it is not right. They are not getting the right food they are eating at home,” the union’s general secretary, Jeff Dladla was quoted as saying.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe