The South African Policing Union (Sapu) has announced plans to protest their wages, joining their nursing sector colleagues on the picket line. As reported by African Insider, the union has planned the strike to begin on March 17. The union has vowed to persist until the public service and administration department meets their demands. Sapu is seeking a 10% salary increase and a R1,000 housing allowance increase.
Lesiba Tsobakgale, the Sapu union spokesperson, stated that every employee is essential and the public service and administration department equally prioritise their job. Tsobakgale criticised the employers for not offering any solutions to the union’s demands, saying that the only response from the employers thus far is that there is no money to settle these demands. Sapu represents over 34,000 public servants entitled to participate in the strike.