While the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) distanced itself from the stay-away, Police Minister Bheki Cele warned doctors against issuing sick notes to officers unnecessarily. He had contacted Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to intervene and warn doctors who may be handing out sick notes without reason.
He warned that police officers provided an essential service and were not allowed to go on strike.
Cele reported that at least 400 police officers in the Western Cape and 120 in KZN had embarked on a strike, demanding promotions.
It is alleged that a message was circulated in the Western Cape on Tuesday, asking officers to gather at the Grand Parade at mid-morning. There were no reports of any gatherings in KZN, but Cele said he was aware of police officers who had not reported for duty on Tuesday....
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