The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says it looks forward to the findings and recommendations of a task team which may completely demilitarise the police service.
On the fourth anniversary of the Marikana shootings, where police gunned down 34 miners, Popcru says that the relationship between police and communities needs to be improved.
The move to demilitarise the police has always been our call and we support it fully. We cannot improve relationships when the Saps is not demilitarised.— Richard Mamabolo, Popcru spokesperson
The police ministry has given itself until 2019 to transform the South African Police Service (Saps) and address the working conditions and defects within the policing system.
Popcru spokesperson Richard Mamabolo says the union hopes to see the task team re-think the remuneration of officers and other prison workers.
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