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10111 workers go on strike

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The strike will continue for the foreseeable future

File picture: Puri Devjee/Independent Media

OPERATORS manning the SAPS’ 10111 emergency call centres in the Northern Cape yesterday downed tools as members of the South African Police Union (Sapu) embarked on a national strike.

According to Sapu’s general secretary, Oscar Skonmere, members are demanding a salary increase from a level five to a level seven and the strike would continue for the foreseeable future.

While Skonmere has encouraged the public to direct its frustrations at SAPS management, police spokesperson in the Northern Cape, Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, said yesterday that a contingency plan was in place and services were likely to continue unabated.

“Police in the Northern Cape are aware of the planned strike for all Public Service Act employees at the 10111 call centres,” Mooi said in a statement yesterday. “Police in the Province would like to assure communities that the strike will not hamper service delivery and that all 10111 call centres in the Province will be fully operational.

“As an essential service, we are committed to honouring our constitutional mandate which is to combat and fight crime and also protect our communities.

“Communities are urged to continue assisting the police in the fight against crime by reporting any criminal activities on the Crime Stop Line: 08600 10111.”

Meanwhile, SAPS national spokesperson, Sally de Beer, said yesterday that operational members would be deployed to man the call centres.

“There are about 1 000 public service personnel in all of the 22 10111 centres throughout the country. We’ve had time to plan to make sure our services continue,” she said.